Synopses & Reviews
Thoroughly revised and updated, this sixth edition of the Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide has been eagerly awaited by seasoned collectors and occasional drinkers alike. No one wants to waste his or her precious dollars on an unenjoyable bottle, and with Parker's advice in hand, no one ever will. Employing his famous 100-point rating system, Parker rates more than 8,000 wines from all the major wine-producing regions in the world -- including newly expanded sections on the popular wines of California and Italy. Each wine producer is evaluated separately, and Parker's independence allows him to be completely honest in his opinions. In addition, the book includes other essential information, such as how to buy and store wine, how to spot a badly stored and abused bottle, and how to find the best wine values for under $10.
President Jacques Chirac of FranceRobert Parker is the most followed and influential critic of French wines in the entire world.
David ShawLos Angeles TimesParker is the most powerful critic of any kind, anywhere, a man whose writings and ratings have enormous impact in virtually every country where wine is made, bought, or sold.
TimeThe man with the paragon palate...For countless wine lovers, Robert Parker's tastes are infallible.
NewsweekParker has revolutionized American wine criticism and...has brought [to it] the stringent standards of a fanatic, the high moral purpose of a reformer.
The New York TimesThe critic who matters most.
About the Author
Robert M. Parker, Jr.,
has been the author and publisher of The Wine Advocate
for twenty-four years. He is also the author of the following internationally bestselling as well as award-winning books: Burgundy, Bordeaux, The Wines of the Rhône Valley,
and Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide.
He is the first wine writer (and one of only a few foreigners) to receive both of France's highest honors, knighthoods in the National Order of Merit and the Legion of Honor. He lives in Maryland. Visit the author online at www.eRobertParker.com.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Guide
Viticultural Areas Covered
Rating the Producers and Growers
Tasting Notes and Ratings
Wine Price Guide Codes
The Role of a Wine Critic
How to Buy Wine
How to Store Wine
The Question of How Much Aging
How to Serve Wine
Food and Wine Matchups
What's Been Added to Your Wine?
The Dark Side of Wine
The Growing International Standardization of Wine Styles
Destroying the Joy of Wine by Excessive Acidification, Overzealous Fining,
and Abrasive Filtration
The Inflated Wine Pricing of Restaurants
Collectors versus Consumers
Wine Producers' Greed
Wine Writers' Ethics and Competence
In Vino Veritas?
What Constitutes a Great Wine?
Making Sense of Terroir
The Wine World's Biggest Lies
A Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Understanding the Language of the Wine-maker
Wine on the Internet
THE WINES OF WESTERN EUROPE
Chapter 1: France
Burgundy and Beaujolais
The Loire Valley
The Rhône Valley
Bergerac and the Southwest
Chapter 2: Italy
Other Significant Red Wines of Italy
Chapter 3: Germany and Austria
Chapter 4: Spain and Portugal
THE WINES OF NORTH AMERICA
Chapter 5: California
Chapter 6: Oregon
Chapter 7: Washington State
Chapter 8: The Mid-Atlantic States
THE BEST OF THE REST
Chapter 9: Australia and New Zealand
Chapter 10: Argentina and Chile
Chapter 11: South Africa