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Originally posted by PD2K:
I would have enjoyed the article more if Parker had called out people by name, instead of hints and innuendos.


May be the best article since the 1998? The best article he's ever written? Will this turn out to be better than the 1990 article? Might turn out to be better than the 2000? Is making a real stand really this guy's style?
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Originally posted by smartlysauced:
My palate does not align with Parker's in any way. However, he has had a hand in driving wine quality throughout the world. He is not tbe only one that has driven the improvement but still has had a hand. For that I am thankful. I will not be a Parker basher.


Ok. When QPR is considered, which has parker affected more; Q, or P?
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It is crazy to imagine that Chardonnay, an extremely insipid grape on its own, is inherently "better" than any number of other grapes and consequently deserves to be the most popular white grape, if indeed it is. That's simply ridiculous.


Huge +1
Indeed i wouldn't want to drink wine that stinks of fecal matter, but that's a question of correct winemaking rather than grape variety in most cases. I think the popularity of chardonnay is much about it's ability to adapt to many climates and terroirs, whereas other grapes, such as riesling, are much more difficult to grow outside of their "natural" territory.

Just like the alc argument, the article just ignores one very crucial thing, wine is not just a beverage for itsself, it's a complement to food at first. High alc wines just dont work well with many dishes. Some wines that are not a huge pleasure drinking on their own, can show perfectly with food.
Imagine Restaurants serving nothing but Chardonnay, Cabernet and Syrah at 15%.
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
I don't think this was written by RP. I didn't see any ellipsis in the diatribe.


Heh. Someone said it's a rant from a ways back, cleaned up. Funny, that. It's easy to understand writing some incoherent BS late night on the internets after a few too many. But this, pulled up from the archived wasteland of his forum, edited and republished as a sort of best-of??? Wow!
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Originally posted by yhn:
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Originally posted by Sharkey:
I don't think this was written by RP. I didn't see any ellipsis in the diatribe.


Heh. Someone said it's a rant from a ways back, cleaned up. Funny, that. It's easy to understand writing some incoherent BS late night on the internets after a few too many. But this, pulled up from the archived wasteland of his forum, edited and republished as a sort of best-of??? Wow!


written by that squirrel Squires?

As for effect on QPR. Only "P" His ratings allow the producer to jack up the price.
Rebecca Gibb's take on Wine-Searcher about Parker's rant <here>.

She notes, among other things, the score of 94 awarded by Parker to a Savagnin in late 2012 before characterizing that same variety in his diatribe a year later as belonging to a group of "godforsaken grapes" that are "rarely palatable unless lost in a larger blend".

I suspect RMP will be announcing his retirement shortly but wanted to give the pot one last giant stir before pulling the pin.
This extent of public anger, ranting and raving will not serve RP's legacy well. It is a shame, as the man does have extensive experience and talent.

This being said, as a believer in balance in all things, I do hope that his influence on wine making styles comes into more balance. I sense that this is already happening, as the Internet allows us to easily consider the tastes of many critics, often through a single window (such as WineSearcher or Cellartracker).

For my palate (which often seems to be the diametric opposite of RP), I tend to rely on the consensus of reviewers like La Revue Du Vin du France, Guide Hachette, Decanter, Vinum, Jancis Robinson, Gault& Millau, etc. At the other end of the spectrum (not always so much my palate) are RP, Tanzer and average CT scores. I tend to deduct substantial points from those that overrate, like Suckling or Haliday. But sometimes the stars align and everyone thinks a wine is wonderful, and if the price is right, you have to run to buy that.

Better still is the palates of WS Forumites that I have come to know and trust. I have found many new wines at TWC OL's and postings on this Board.

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