Daily Wine News: Parker, the Brand

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Robert_ParkerIn Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray ponders Robert Parker, the brand. “I miss Parker the person; he was cantankerous at times and would rage about wines with too much acidity, but he was passionate and 100 percent human.”

In the World of Fine Wine, an in-depth look at the state of wine criticism. “How did we get to such a position? Is it irrevocable, or can something be salvaged from the wreckage? The piling up of doubts and recent scandals has certainly damaged the image of the wine world in the eyes of the public, and there is now a groundswell of belief that, at best, wine talk is empty and, at worst, bogus.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Virginie Boone explores the declining numbers of Napa Valley pinot noir. “Needless to say, it’s relatively rare to taste Pinot Noir from anywhere in the Napa Valley further north than Carneros. It’s evasive, but it does exist.”

Elsewhere in Wine Enthusiast, Mekita Rivas explores Washington D.C.’s wine scene.

In Decanter, Jane Anson reports on how the 2016 vintage is looking in Pomerol and St-Emilion following a first round of tasting the recently bottled wines. (subscription req.)

Becca Yeamans-Irwin, the academic wino, looks into research about wine tourists and what keeps them coming back for more.

Eric Asimov recommends wines for Thanksgiving in the New York Times. Elsewhere, Asimov offers notes on the most recent wine school, Saumur Champigny, and announces what’s up next: California carignan.

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