Robert M. Parker, Jr. is a leading influential wine critic. His 100-point ratings and florid tasting notes define modern American wine criticism, and are a major contributor to the prices for newly-released Bordeaux wine.
By 1975, he began writing a consumer’s guide to wine. Parker wanted to be a consumer advocate, unencumbered by the need to sell wine. In 1978, Parker started a mail newsletter called “The Baltimore-Washington Wine Advocate”, soon shortened to “The Wine Advocate”. Now, over twenty years later, “The Wine Advocate” has over 40,000 subscribers, primarily in the United States, but with significant readership in over 37 other countries. Today, many knowledgeable observers agree that “The Wine Advocate” exerts the most significant influence on wine consumer’s buying habits, particularly in America.
In addition to doing the writing and tasting for “The Wine Advocate”, which is published bi-monthly in Parkton, Maryland, Mr. Parker has been a contributing editor for “Food and Wine Magazine”. He has also written periodically for the English magazine “The Field” and has been the wine critic for France’s “L’Express” magazine, the first time a non-Frenchman has held this position.