“The First Serious Wine Blogger”: The 1WineDude Robert Parker Interview

Vinted on June 2, 2010 binned in best of, interviews

For our latest 1WineDude.com interview, I’m tasked with the difficult job of introducing someone who requires no introduction (at least, not when it comes to the world of fine wine).

Today’s interview guest, Robert Parker, is arguably the most famous wine critic on the planet; what is beyond argument is that he is the most influential wine critic on the planet – his scores are capable of sending a wine’s market value into the stratosphere.  He is the founder of the consumer wine review publication The Wine Advocate, which, not unlike a blog, began as a self-published journal – it now has tens of thousands of subscribers in dozens of countries.  Parker is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities on the wines of Bordeaux, and his ability to taste (and recall past tastings of) wines is the stuff of legend.

Parker’s influence and fame at times makes him a polarizing figure (you knew this part was coming, right?).  He established the “love-it-or-loathe-it100-point wine scoring review scale. His preference for wines with bold, fruit-forward profiles has, some have argued, divided the wine world into fractions of those who religiously follow Parker’s palate, and those who religiously avoid it.  The divisive effects of his influence have been chronicled in both books and in film.

He has been described as a great equalizer of wine, liberating it from an era of poor quality offerings pushed onto the market at unfairly high prices; he has also been vilified as creating a market of “international style” wines crafted by winemakers attempting to solicit high scores from his reviews, at the expense of regional uniqueness and a sense of place in their wines.

Mr. Parker was a gracious interviewee, so much so that he has tied author Kathryn Borel for the quickest response to interview questions that I’ve ever received.  He even expressed concern that his responses might be a bit dull for the 1WD readers – “thanks for giving me an opportunity to respond to your questions. I’ll try and keep my answers as succinct as possible so your readers don’t nod off while reading them.”

As the Wayne’s World guys might put it – As if!

Below, you will find a fairly intimate glimpse into Mr. Parker’s views on wine blogging, Bordeaux en primeur prices, my friends Gary Vaynerchuk and Tyler Colman, the booming Asian wine consumer market, the Big Lebowski (yes, seriously), and his own influence and professional legacy. It is very likely a side of Robert Parker that few in the on-line wine world have yet seen.

I’m grateful to Mr. Parker for taking the time and opportunity for what might be his first-ever wine blog interview. I’m equally grateful to Jeff Lefevere of GoodGrape.com, who acted as contributing editor on the interview questions.

Ok – appetizers are over; let’s get to the meat-and-potatoes!…

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Do You Use Mobile Wine Apps?

Vinted on June 1, 2010 binned in about 1winedude blog, wine buying

A strange thing happened to me recently.  Actually, it happened to 1WineDude.com, not to me.  And yes, I mean stranger than the normal level if strange on this blog.

I agreed to contribute content to a platform that I can’t really access and probably won’t use.

Specifically, I’ve let Hello Vino, the popular wine recommendation mobile phone application, have access to my wine reviews.

I’m part of a larger group whose reviews / recommendations are now appearing in Hello Vino.

It all feels a bit odd, since currently I don’t own a phone capable of running the app., and in general I don’t use quick wine recommendations (printed or otherwise) when shopping for wine at the store (I usually talk to the store employees about the available wines instead).

However, I was (quickly) convinced by the (compelling) arguments of others that having access to some of my reviews and recommendations would be valuable for the (many, many, many) folks who don’t think and act the way that I do (i.e., a nice way of saying that they are sane and normal and I’m, well, not quite normal)…

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Weekly Twitter Wine Mini-Reviews Round-up for 2010-05-29

Vinted on May 29, 2010 binned in wine mini-reviews
  • 07 Chateau Pineraie Malbec (Cahors): The berries are red, the booze is hot, the brett is funky, & the finish is bittahhhhh. €7 C+ #
  • 09 Chateau Quattre (Cahors): Aparently, hard limestone soils worked by long-standing producers equates to explosive red fruit goodness. €6 B #
  • 08 Rigal Les Terrasses (Cahors): After the supple mouthfeel and fruitiness, you are sucker-punched by the tannic hand of doom! €4 B- #
  • 07 Chateau Ls Bouysses Cotes d'Olt (Cahors): For those who like their dark fruit with a spritz of mint, grit, & bretty funk. €9 B- #
  • 08 Mas del Perie Les Escures (Cahors): From a gifted young winemaker comes a black, gritty & spicy wine tailor-made for grilled steak $15 A- #
  • 06 Clos Trotteligotte Klys (Cahors): "trotting partridge" of its namesake apprently is leaving stinky, tannic brett pellets behind it €12 C- #
  • 05 Chateau Croisille Divin Crosille (Cahors): Downright port-like, & as opaque as the blackberry, tar & leather its aromas resemble. €20 B+ #
  • 07 Cos d'un Jour Un jour sur Terre (Cahors): Vinified in amphorae, & the violets, jam & spices will pickly you (in a very good way). €15 B+ #
  • 07 Chateau les Roques de Cana Graal Sanctus (Cahors): 24 months in thin barrels rounds out the tannins on this $$ black fruit monster. €86 B #
  • 05 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County): About as rugged & stellar as I imagine their steep mountain vineyard slopes are. $40 A- #

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