Robert Parker is the most influential individual in the wine world. He and his associates taste thousands of wines each year, and that’s pretty much all you’ll find in this newsletter. No photos, no biographies swooning over iconoclastic winemakers, just ratings and descriptions of wines.
Occasionally they mention the better restaurants and hotels they’ve encountered on their travels. The problem is that the top rated wines sell out almost overnight and are practically impossible to buy. My biggest complaint is that they taste too many wines per day and as a result they seem to favor bigger, more powerful wines that stand out from the crowd. Delicate, more subtle, elegant wines seem to fall by the wayside. In addition, some wineries will not send them samples, so they are forced to taste these important wines at the winery, from selected barrels, with the winemaker hovering. Not surprisingly these wines seem to score very high. But if I owned a restaurant, I would read my copy of the Wine Advocate the same day it arrived.
Published On: 6/23/2018 Last Modified: 1/25/2021
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