Celebrity chefs blazed onto the scene when the Food Network gave them a platform. Rajat Parr became a Celebrity sommelier with the birth of Instagram.
Of course, Parr was already a well-known wine world figure before he created an Instagram account, as the author of Secrets of the Sommeliers: How to Think and Drink like the World’s Top Wine Professionals and a winner of the James Beard Award for Beverage. His illustrious career includes running the wine programs for some of the country’s most famous restaurants, including overseeing the wine program for the Michael Mina restaurant group and his own restaurant in San Francisco, RN74.
A world traveler and wine educator, Parr’s breadth of knowledge in every facet of the wine world is unparalleled, and judging from his Insta account, it can be argued that no one on the planet has tasted better, older, or rarer wines.
Parr visits Cincinnati to discuss his newest project, a winery called Domaine de la Cote, which focuses on balanced Pinot Noir from the Sta. Rita Hills region of Santa Barbara. An advocate for terroir-driven wines and the importance of the impression of a place on a wine, Parr’s visit to Cincinnati is perfectly timed as the debate about arsenic in wine and the authenticity of wine as a product develops.