Archive for the Tag 'Robert Parker'

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Petite Sirah – The State of the State, with Matt Moye of Vincent Arroyo

Here’s some Petite Sriah insight from Mathew (Matt) Moye of Vincent Arroyo: With Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon commanding an AVERAGE of $7,500 per ton, how can I put out a $40.00/per bottle Cabernet? How many people are buying $70.00+ Cabs? How did we get this expensive so fast? Is this sustainable? We’ve jumped almost $2,000 […]

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A mistake working in favor of Jeff Cohn

I HATE making mistakes. I’m really hard on myself, but not as hard as I used to be, or some others might even be… A Wine Writer, a White Feather, and a Wine Maker A mistake realization always brings me back to my Happy Daze, and how I learned to ease up on myself and […]

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As Wine-Blog celebrates nine years… Robert Parker just influenced me, again

As I read Robert Parker’s “Best of 2014” in his latest newsletter, it reminded me of how I’ve been handling being “on pointe,” since December 29, 2005. Yes, I’ve been wine blogging since then… and it’s now nine years later. I think I only keep track, because it’s so much writing. I’m going to now […]

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Robert Parker is slowly fading into the sunset

Robert Parker is slowly fading into the sunset… Yeah, right!  And, I mean… right…. but wait to find out what I mean… Once upon a time, I was raised on Sabattus Lake in the summers of my youth. I remember watching sunsets across a lake that is five miles long and one mile wide… I […]

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Grasshopper, I’m concerned about the us versus them mentality

I wrote this story on July 20, and scheduled it for today. I have to write ahead, because my day job is writing for other people, and I don’t have the luxury of time each morning to write 1,500 words, as this blog post is. This takes about three to do… I’d have to be […]

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It’s So Great to See That Robert Parker Is Still Bobbing Along

It’s so great to see Robert Parker Bob-bob-bobbing along. (Whew!) In early February I had to ask the question, “How important is the Wine Advocate Now,” because it had become a moving target with so many structural changes. Everyone in my profession was talking about this behind the scenes. “Where’s it all going and where […]

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2013 Class of the Vintners Hall of Fame: Cesar Chavez, Robert M. Parker, Jr., Frank Schoonmaker, and Merry Edwards

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has announced that its 2013 Vintners Hall of Fame inductees will be legendary labor leader Cesar Chavez, wine writer Frank Schoonmaker, the founder of The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker, and winemaking pioneer Meredith “Merry” Edwards. I love the announcement of this annual award, because it captures the heart of the […]

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Oregon Pinot Gris: Getting to know you, getting to know all about you ~ Part 1

How fun it is to be discovering what Harvey Steiman of Wine Spectator magazine refers to as Oregon’s “unsung hero.” It’s a revelation to read in Robert Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide, “This is the hardest wine to find, as virtually all of it is snapped up before it has a chance to leave Oregon. Fruitier […]

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Wine and Lunch With the Somms and Sellers ~ Young’s Market Style

My friend Chang Liow of Chinois Asian Bistro had me stand in for him at a recent wine tasting and luncheon. His restaurant Chinois is located in Windsor, and the food is wonderfully delicious. If you’re a wine person, along with being a foodie, you’ll marvel at his wine list. It’s one that gets stolen […]

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I’m With Parker on This One ~ Possibly the last weigh in

Why? Robert Parker, Jr., spent his entire wine career adhering to very a strict rule; namely, he’s paid his own way. This has allowed for him to candidly say and write whatever he’s wanted. As a consequence, his reviews and assessments have always been from a very pure, unencumbered place. When he decided that he […]