The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr., and the Reign of American Taste

The Emperor of Wine The Rise of Robert M Parker Jr and the Reign of American Taste This is the story of how an American lawyer raised on Coca Cola caused a revolution in the way wines around the globe are made sold and talked about The world s most influential wine critic Robert

  • Title: The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr., and the Reign of American Taste
  • Author: Elin McCoy
  • ISBN: 9780060093693
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is the story of how an American lawyer raised on Coca Cola caused a revolution in the way wines around the globe are made, sold, and talked about.The world s most influential wine critic, Robert M Parker, Jr has dominated the international wine community for the last quarter century, embodying the triumph of American taste Using Parker s story as a springboard, auThis is the story of how an American lawyer raised on Coca Cola caused a revolution in the way wines around the globe are made, sold, and talked about.The world s most influential wine critic, Robert M Parker, Jr has dominated the international wine community for the last quarter century, embodying the triumph of American taste Using Parker s story as a springboard, author Elin McCoy offers an authoritative and unparalleled insider s view of the eccentric personalities, bitter feuds, controversies, and secrets of the wine world She explains how reputations are made and how and why critics agree and disagree, and she tracks the startling ways wines are judged, promoted, made, and sold while painting a fascinating portrait of a modern day cultural colossus who revolutionized the way the world thinks about wine.

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    1. WINE GEEK ALERT. This may be a tough, slow read if you're not into: a.)Wine b.)Business of wine or c.)The influence of criticism. If you're into 1 or more of the 3 then you should read Elin McCoy's bio on the world's most powerful critic of any kind, the Man of Monkton, the big boy of Baltimore, Robert M. Parker, Jr. (not Robert B. Parker, the author). Basically Parker's blessing can help a chateau in Bordeaux sell millions of dollars of wine in hours. It can convert a fledgling cooperative in a [...]

    2. This book would be of interest to wine lovers and aficionados, but would be a bit dense for others just looking for an interesting biography. No one has had more influence on the modern wine world than Robert Parker. He invented the 100 point scoring system which is used throughout the industry and encourages people to purchase one wine over another. Although I don't share the same palate for the higher alcohol, full bodied rich wines that tend to attract the Parker higher scores, there is no de [...]

    3. Parker is a giant of the wine world, a revolutionary who has left his mark on the industry for decades to come. It's ironic how in his quest to get everyone to focus on what is in the bottle and how it tastes rather than on pedigree he simultaneously accomplished this and promoted what he opposed. He didn't believe in investing in wine but his scores pushed investments in wine that he rated highly. He didn't believe in the elitism and the status centric wine world but he rose to the top and wiel [...]

    4. A very interesting look at the power now wielded by one wine critic, Robert Parker, who "revolutionized" the wine rating world with his 100 point rating system and his "uber-palate." This is a good and balanced look at this controversial figure who has done a lot for the wine business. The small problem is in the writing; the author interjects herself at random times ("as I pulled up to the house", "as he told me", etc.) that interferes with the objectivity going on. Of course he told you that, [...]

    5. a very interesting read. I'm not a wine drinker at all, so I read it mainly because I enjoy bio's of different people. This was a very well written book that, at 300 pages, could have been trimmed by about 50 pages (you can only read some many descriptions of him tasting wine and how he rated them "full bodied" "bold" etc. However, this was a very objective write up on how he achieved the premier status as an evaluator of wine, and at the end did discuss what I'd been wondering throughout come h [...]

    6. If you are even a casual wine drinker, chances are that you've probably heard of Robert Parker, who is currently, arguably, the most powerful wine critic in the world. This book is a very balanced and smartly written book that follows Parker's rise from humble, small town USA beginnings to eventually become the most powerful critic in the rarefied world of wine. Along the way, you'll get a lot of insider tidbits into the major wine regions (particularly in France and CA), the major players in th [...]

    7. Since I started "getting into wine", I've been fascinated by Robert Parker and his rating system. I've been especially curious as to why so many consumers put so much stock in it. While the book doesn't really answer that question, it does do a thorough job of chronicling RP's rise in the wine world . . . from his humble beginnings (never knew he was a lawyer) to his role as Supreme Dictator to many followers - essentially telling them what wines they will, and will not, enjoy. I'm all for guida [...]

    8. excellent book which addresses, among other things, the then controversial point system he devised which is now an industry standarde seamy underside of wine and wine-making is taken to task and the circuitous and often difficult route that took Parker from Baltimore to Bordeaux makes for enjoyable reading , wino or notis book along with "The House of Mondavi" makes for some very enjoyable and educational oenological daydreamingI rate it a 94 on the Parker Scale

    9. Interesting read for those who want to know how wine ratings on the 100 point scale came about. If anything, this further confirmed my distate for these ratings and the unfair influence it has on the consumer. It was amazing to see how he started as literally a nobody in rural Maryland to the most respected wine critic today. Worth a read for people who are interesting in the consumer side of wine.

    10. a very good book on his early life and rise to fame as wine legend. I found the stories of his past, travels a great biography and found the detail remarkable, a great read for wine fans, explains the history of points system and American influence on wine world.

    11. An interesting insight into Robert Parker, Jr. and the world of wine. Covers both his personal and professional life. Recommended for those who are serious about their wine. Great insight into ratings and such.

    12. Amazing how one man could change an industry just by chance and the right amount of hustle.As for a biography it gives a pretty good understanding of what played out, even if the reader knows only a little about wine.

    13. Parker himself isn't, like, THAT interesting, but the book is reccomended for its survey of the evolution of the wine world in recend decades. Besides, well-written, well-researched, and entertaining.

    14. Balanced and human vignetteI wasn't familiar with Robert Parker before reading this book, so I was looking for just enough detail without getting overwhelmed. Not the definitive biography but it clearly doesn't set out to be. Nice work on a polarizing figure.

    15. Must-read for the wine geek. No critic has done more to codify the process of rating wines - that can be good or bad, depending on your view. The biography could have been much more tightly written - about a hundred pages shorter would have made the point.

    16. A good read to get to know about Parker and how he became who he is. However, got quite boring in parts and took me a long time to read since I was bored with it. Definitely learned a lot that I didn't know about.

    17. Wow. A complete job done by the author, Elin McCoy on the life of Robert Parker, Jr. If you like wine, then this is a must read to understand how one man grew from nowhere to the pinnacle of the wine industry. His rating format is the standard.

    18. Interesting, albeit a bit repetitive. The author inserted herself into the story about halfway through, which I find distracting. (Either be there or not, don't switch between third-person narration and first-person!)

    19. Magnificent book. McCoy entertains and educates while proving her thesis - that for better or worse, American pragmatism trumps Old World bullshit.

    20. Interesting stories about parker's life and his impact on the wine industry, but lacking in organization. The author frequently returns to points already mentioned and repeats themselves.

    21. Book gives a great review of Robert Parker on how he started and to what he has become. It you enjoy wine, and know who Parker is, you will enjoy this book.

    22. I read about half of this, and haven't picked it up again in a really long time. What I read was good. Maybe I'll come back someday!!

    23. A friends of the HHI Library find. An engaging, well written look at the Man and the wine "industry" over the past three decades. I enjoyed it very much.

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