Sunday, 26 January 2014

Wine Guru is still present !

Let's talk about one of the most known wine celebrity in the world ! Of course : Robert Parker !

Come-back to a story, which is not already finished as he could have let think few months ago.

Robert McDowell Parker Junior, left his function of editor-in-chief at the end of the year 2012. This guru of wine was listened by everyone, but also by the market. Indeed, as it was already said, his influence on classified growth's prices got bigger and bigger each year. So, here is not the point of this post, because a lot of articles had been written on the Master whether full of praise, or full of hate.
We are going to see what does he really think about the world in which he evolves.

After 35 years of professionalism, it is interesting to be aware of the opinion of the one who had become the first independent wine critic. This is his way of thinking (with which you could agree or not) :

  • The wine world has developed a lot in 30 years. Not only in quantity but also in quality. The number of great producer countries has increased a lot, highlighting new regions to consumers : Greece, Morocco, Bulgaria, but also South Africa and America which have gained more credibility year after year. 
  • South of France (Languedoc and Côtes du Rhône) has improved a lot, showing a lot of quality wines, but Bordeaux is still the capital of "grand cru" and of knowledge.
  • The number of Bordeaux wines in international top range has become 10 times bigger. And it is still one of the best price/quality ratio.
  • There is no such big difference of judgement between European/American and Asiatic tasters. To be a good one, lot of experience is needed. Wine is going to be less elitist.
  • Even his wife thinks that there is a "parkersation" of taste, thing that he tries to struggle against 
Even if he sold his Wine Advocate's shares, Robert Parker will continue to care about Bordeaux and California Wines. Each one of his apparition is listened very carefully when all the wine world is looking for the next Guru. Contrary to a lot of opinions, R. Parker thinks that blogger won't be the next ones (Pt. 11). 

In the beginning of 2014, R. Parker lists his wine global forecast. Make your own opinion :

"1. More resistance to very expensive wines from mediocre vintages-think Europe 2011,2012,and 2013
2. California profits from two glorious years of quality and quantity-2012 and 2013
3. The undefined scam called "natural" or "authentic" wines will be exposed as a fraud-(most serious wines have no additives)
4. Argentina will continue to excel for malbecs and their crispy whites from Torrontes
5. Spain, southern Italy and France will dominate for high quality wines under $20
6. Pinot noir lovers will go bonkers over Oregon 2012s and California 2012s and 2013s
7. Wine will continue to become less elitist and populists will rule the day over insufferable snobs
8. Wine Fraud will reach into the sanctus santorum of several auctionhouses which will be found to have turned a blind eye to red flags
9. The Coravin wine preservation system will profoundly change the way we drink rare and limited production gems
10. The government will finally require all wine labels to reveal caloric and ingredients
11. Wine bloggers will continue to complain about their failure to monetize their sites and earn respect:)
12. Eastern & mid-Atlantic wineries will pick up consumers support based on the strength of 2012 & 2012, &c onsumers seeking new "experiences"
13. More BYO high quality bistros & trattorias will burst on the scene in response to over-priced,excessive mark-ups at other restaurants
14. Expect more mobile food trucks-featuring Korean,Mexican, South American, and Asian fusion offerings
15. Look for Prosecco and Cava sparkling wine sales to erode some of the profit and glamour from Champagne"

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