The New York Times's Eric Asimov weighs in today with a long essay about Robert M. Parker Jr. and his responses to recent criticism and life-changing events as he approaches what in many business settings would be retirement age.
Decanting Robert Parker
By ERIC ASIMOV
Published: March 22, 2006
IT has been a difficult couple of years for Robert M. Parker Jr., the wine writer who has famously been labeled the most influential critic of any kind in the world. Though Mr. Parker has gotten used to living with a big fat target painted on his back, the most recent series of attacks was especially galling to him.
A debate over the 2003 vintage of Château Pavie in St. Émilion got personal in 2004, with Mr. Parker, who lives in this rural Maryland town about 25 miles north of Baltimore, pitted against some of Britain's leading wine writers. Mr. Parker praised the wine as "a brilliant effort," but Jancis Robinson called it a "ridiculous wine," and Clive Coates wrote, "Anyone who thinks this is good wine needs a brain and palate transplant!"
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