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The Sommelier's Atlas of Taste by Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay (Hardcover)

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THE SOMMELIER'S ATLAS OF TASTE: A FIELD GUIDE TO GREAT WINES OF EUROPE

Winner of the prestigious André Simon Drink Book Award.

The first definitive reference book to describe, region-by-region, how the great wines of Europe should taste. This will be the go-to guide for aspiring sommeliers, wine aficionados who want to improve their blind tasting skills, and amateur enthusiasts looking for a straightforward and visceral way to understand and describe wine.

In this seminal addition to the wine canon, noted experts Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay share everything they’ve learned in their decades of tasting wine. The result is the most in-depth study of the world’s greatest wine regions ever published. There are books that describe the geography of wine regions. And there are books that describe the way basic wines and grapes should taste. But there are no books that describe the intricacies of the way wines from various subregions, soils, and appellations should taste. Now, for the first time ever, you can learn about the differences between wines from the 7 grand crus and 40 premier crus of Chablis, or the terroirs in Barolo, Champagne, and Bordeaux. Paying attention to styles, winemakers, soils, and the most cutting-edge of trends, this book explains how to understand the wines of the world not in the classical way, but in the modern way–appellation by appellation, soil by soil, technique by technique–making it an essential reference and instant classic.

 

RAJAT PARR is the wine director of the Mina Group, developing and managing the wine programs at its 17 restaurants, which include properties in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Miami, Scottsdale, and Atlantic City. His list for Michael Mina, the flagship restaurant, has won multiple Wine SpectatorGrand Awards. A native of Calcutta, India, Parr resides in San Francisco.

JORDAN MACKAY is a James-Beard-award winning writer on wine, spirits and food. His work has appeared in Food & Wine, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, The Art of Eating, Wine and Spirits, and many others. His first book, Passion for Pinot, was published in 2009, and his second, Secrets of the Sommeliers (with Rajat Parr), was released in October 2010, winning a James Beard award in 2011. Two in the Kitchenwas published in 2012. Franklin Barbecue (with Aaron Franklin) was released in April, 2015 and spent many weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list. Knife, written with chef John Tesar, was released in May 2017 by Flatiron Press. His new book is The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste, again with Parr, while Franklin Steak comes out Spring of 2018. Jordan lives in Napa Valley and travels extensively, speaking about wine, spirits and food.

 

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