Rajat Parr of Mina Group - Biography

San Francisco, CA

August 2014

Calcutta native, Rajat Parr found his love of wine abroad, crediting his uncle in London for introducing him to great wine, and following his passion to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Working as an apprentice to Master Sommelier Larry Stone at Rubicon in San Francisco, Parr cultivated a deep understanding and appreciation for the world of wine.

Parr brought this expertise and passion to Fifth Floor, and was later named wine director for The Mina Group. During this time, Parr traveled the wine world extensively, furthering his appreciation of the distinctness of terroir and the vital but delicate role of winemaker. He quickly became known for his ability to identify vineyards, producers, and vintages by taste alone.

Along the way, Parr’s interest shifted toward winemaking, and in 2011, he launched Sandhi, a partnership with Charles Banks and Sashi Moorman, to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Santa Rita Hills. In 2013, he released wines from his new estate vineyard, Domaine de la Côte. And in early 2014, Parr took over the historic Seven Springs Vineyard in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon. As wine director at The Mina Group and partner in RN74, Parr still keeps one foot in the restaurant industry. He is also one of the James Beard award-winning authors of Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink Like the World’s Top Wine Professionals.