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It's all in the nose

Robert Parker, wine critic and publisher of The Wine Advocate, tells the New York Times what he really thinks of his job:

I'm not feigning modesty. I know I'm the most influential wine critic in the world, but to say I can make or break a wine is just not true. In fact, I can think of a number of wines that are very successful that I think are pathetic. There's nothing I can do to keep people from buying them.

Interestingly, only the day before running this article, the Times ran a helpful background piece on the history of snobbery. Not that I'm saying you should read it, mind you; I never read that low-brow rag myself, either. But one must line the litterbox with something, you know.

June 9, 2002 1:44 PM

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The thing is, people other than Robert Parker also think he's the most powerful critic in the industry and that he can make or break a wine. See, for instance, this fascinating Atlantic article.

Posted by Steve on June 10, 2002 3:53 PM

Interesting article -- particularly how it starts out saying Parker's not some snob... His "there's nothing I can do to keep people from buying them" line does seem a little off to me, though; and the entire Times item grew a bit strained for me, by the end.

On the whole, however, I stand corrected -- and thankee verily for the link.

Posted by M on June 10, 2002 4:43 PM

Turns out Slate.com has an article on Parker this week, too.

Posted by M on June 19, 2002 11:22 PM


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