Max Hauser wrote: If I remember, they included inconsistent point rankings when he was asked to taste wines blind
There is one exception, a remarkable tasting where Parker in a double-blind setting named all 9 wines that he had tasted before exactly, even the ringer. And exactly matched the point rating on 8 of them. This thread on alt.food.wine is where it first went outside Prodigy:http://tinyurl.com/2fk3fn
It has been quoted many many times by the faithful. It is certainly far better than he did single blind in single vintage tastings at Executive Wine Seminars, as reported by Bob Ross and others.
The interesting thing is that while this has been posted many times as independent evidence- 16 million witnesses!- it seems it has never been seen.
This year after I questioned it repeatedly Mr. Squires said he understood the clip had not been shown (with implication because it showed Parker too favorably). It turns out there was
a correspondent on Capital on M6 named Bruno de la Palme (for a while I doubted that, he left remarkably little internet trail, but I did find references to him reporting on veterinarians and "the King of Accessories"), but I can't locate him. He certainly wasn't a superstar, and the show has nowhere near 16 million viewers. But the funny thing is this tasting oft cited by fans as independent proof of Parker's miracle consistency has never
been seen. Parker says he might have a video, but he doesn't know where it is and doesn't have time to look.
(For once, the real Times! As in "Times New Roman" and other things. Not one of those new-world papers -- The (Somewhere) Times, -- whose locals invariably call "The" Times whether Somewhere is NYC, LA, or Ithaca.)
Max, while I guess we are all a bit provincial, it seems just common sense in local conversation . Certainly in the Bay Area the Examiner, the Chronicle, nor the Tribune were not the first to use respective names, but I would be quite surprised if you ALWAYS say "the Oakland Tribune." When I was a teen and went to the Greensboro Coliseum for concerts we just said the Coliseum, and not once did anyone think we were going to the Colosseum in Rome.
As far as "invariably" - beyond local conversation, I looked at AFW as well as here and can't find any references where I or anyone else from NY used "Times" without a NY modifier, nor any usage of the LA Times as "the Times." I do see that both Bob Ross and myself do feel that NYT is generally acceptable shorthand, and to date don't find that anyone has questioned what we meant.