Best Wine Books of 2018
— New York Times
"This is the sort of thought-provoking book that I will return to again and again."
—Eric Asimov, New York Times
“It isn't easy to produce fresh insights and fascinating commentary on some of the most well-trampled wine regions on earth, but sommelier-turned- wine producer Rajat Parr and writer Jordan Mackay have managed to do just that, and to do so with style; I expect this book to find its way on to the shelves of wine drinkers and collectors as well as those of aspiring sommeliers.”—Victoria Moore, André Simon Awards assessor
"This book is both the wine novice's and expert's dream, packed full of everything you need to know about the word's best wine. Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay break down what makes each one special and unique, and what to look for when it comes to awakening your palate. All that's left to do is open a bottle you've never tried before and explore the possiblities."
—Ayesha Curry, author of the best-selling cookbook The Seasoned Life
"The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste
is a must-read book for anyone looking to enhance their personal wine journey. Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay manage to balance encyclopedic information and practical advice with one-of-a-kind storytelling about the people and places shaping the world of wine today. Even more impressive, they share this wisdom and passion in a refreshingly approachable way." —Gary Vaynerchuk, wine critic and entrepreneur
"The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste
is an essential exploration of what makes the world's great regions, producers, and wines delicously compelling, and why. Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay relentlessly examine geographical and geological differences, cultural shifts, and producer philosophies through the lens of taste. This book charts their glorious adventures, taking the reader with them into the cellars and vineyards of the most famous producers, and provides rare access and a best-of guide through thoughtful conversations and breathtaking photographs."
, beverage director of Momofuku and founder of Ramona wine
"A fascinating voyage of wine discovery...Rajat Parr-an iconic sommeleir turned cult wine producer with an exceptional tasting ability and superb understanding of the major wine regions- and coauthor Jordan Mackay are well placed to discuss the complex topics of taste and terroir...A wonderful book that should be included in the book collections of any serious wine lover or wine professional." -Gerard Basset, master sommelier
"It's a comprehensive book that's perfect for any oenophile--or anybody wanting to become one."
—Condé Nast Traveler
"...a fascinating look at a world of after-hours tastings and tenacious debates, at the wines that many sommeliers care most about, and at restaurant service from an insider's view. We meet many unusual and charismatic personalities, not least of whom is Mr. Parr... in the tradition of the best sommeliers, useful lessons and tips are conveyed painlessly and entertainingly."
—New York Times
"Parr and Jordan open a window onto the workings of a great sommeliers mind. . . .The result is part history lesson, part insider'sguide to the best producers and best buys, but, most of all, it's a testament to all the hard work that goes into being a greatsommelier."—Wine & Spirits
"If the key to understanding great wine is to drink it as often as possible, The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste
comes in a close second. Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay have jeroboams of experience when it comes to growing, selling, and deciphering the planet's most extraordinary bottles, and this book offers two things that others rarely include: genuine insight and good taste."
—Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew, founders of Noble Rot magazine