Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fat man, bloated ego

Wow, I've just lost all respect for Parker. Not because I question his tasting ability, or the accuracy of his notes on Bordeaux, but because of the people he associates himself with, and who he employs for The Wine Advocate.

Read this, courtesy of Dr. Vino.

Didn't realize the wine world places such insecure, bitter personalities on high pedestals. As I commented, how long will Parker still be relevant for? The day he retires, or dies, is when the era of the wine critic finishes. These clowns - Miller, Squires, et al, will no longer have careers.

People stereotype Parker's palate as favouring high-extract, high oak wines - I've read Miller's tasting notes, and he's worse. But in all seriousness, is this the face of a true wine connoisseur??


He certainly hasn't shied from the dinners that importers and winery owners have given him. Just because it's free, it doesn't mean you gorge yourself silly everytime, man.

I fully expect to get bitched at for attacking the man personally, but let's be clear - I'm a nobody in the industry, and I really have to nothing to lose (or gain).

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