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8 Wines to Try Before You Die

Fri, December 27, 2019 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

$91 – $129
eight wines to try before you die


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The Robert Parker Edition

What if Robert Parker taught at the Wine School? What wines would he select? How would he describe his choices? In this class, we feature wines that his magazine (The Wine Advocate) has rated between 90 and 99 points. Each one is a wine you should try before you die.

The tasting will be hedonistic, but we are true wine geeks. We also break down the metrics Parker and his staff of wine critics use to judge wines. We uncover why he rates some wines highly and others poorly. We’ll also discuss the controversies that have diminished his influence in today’s wine world.

Wait, you say. Who is Robert Parker?  Just the most famous wine critic of all time. Never heard of him? That’s not surprising. Most wine drinkers today don’t know who he is.

If you were buying wine a decade ago, it was impossible to ignore him.

If you love high-end wine, you need to know who Robert Parker is. His Wine Advocate Magazine is essential to the modern history of wine.  In fact, most of the wines you love were inspired by his tastes: he invented the 100-point scale that all wines are judged by.

Robert Parker

As the founder of the Wine Advocate magazine, Parker has single-handedly changed the course of winemaking across the globe. Since the 1980’s, a 90+ rating from Parker’s Wine Advocate would change the fortunes of a winery. To this day, some of Parker’s favorite wines sell out in just a few weeks after the vintage was released.

To get an idea of how influential Robert Parker and the Wine Advocate’s wine reviews have become, read this excerpt from the London Review of Books:

The ‘24-carat taste buds’ belong to Robert Parker, a 57-year-old former Baltimore lawyer, who started the bimonthly subscription-only Wine Advocate in 1978, and whose many books on the world’s wines – Bordeaux, The Wines of the Rhône Valley and Provence (1987) and various editions of the all-encompassing Wine Buyer’s Guide – now constitute biblical certainty for consumers in America and, increasingly, around the world. There are translations in French, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Polish and Swedish. Berlusconi has just made Parker a Commendatore of the Ordine al Merito, and, after Mitterrand gave Parker a knighthood in the Ordre National du Mérite in 1993, Chirac bettered it in 1999 with a knighthood in the Légion d’Honneur. Parker, Chirac said, has ‘served France by bringing prestige to thecountry with his particular gift’. He was the man who ‘taught America about French wine.’

Parker is now ‘Lord of the Grapes’: Time magazine announced that ‘for countless wine lovers, Robert Parker’s tastes are infallible’; the Economist wrote that ‘Mr Parker’s palate is thought to be the oenological equivalent of Einstein’s brain’; and the Atlantic Monthly said that ‘when it comes to the great wines – those that drive styles and prices for the entire industry – there is hardly another critic now who counts.’

Hedonistic Fruit Bombs by Steven Shapin, London Review of Books

And I love this quote from one of Robert Parker’s wine critics. He doesn’t our founder’s educational philosophy:

“Keith Wallace is a controversial figure around here”

Mark Squires, Wine Critic
Wine Advocate Magazine



Fri, December 27, 2019
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
$91 – $129
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