Daily Wine News: Parker Reactions

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Alcohol Drink Wine Glass Red Wine Wine GlassSteve Heimoff reacts to Lisa Perrotti-Brown’s announcement of Robert Parker’s retirement. “That Parker was the most famous and influential wine critic of the last 35 years, as Perrotti-Brown writes, cannot be disputed… I would not challenge a single word of Ms. Perrotti-Brown’s encomium. Bob Parker absolutely was “the father of modern wine criticism”; he did indeed “raise the bar” for all of us who followed. But where I part ways with Perrotti-Brown is in her unfettered denial that Parker created an “international style” of ripe, high-alcohol wines. This is not a “big lie,” as she asserts, but the pure, unadulterated truth—and everybody in the wine industry knows it.”

W. Blake Gray pays tribute to Robert Parker in Wine-Searcher. “There will never be another Parker, and that’s a good thing, but that doesn’t mean the one who just retired wasn’t a great man whose life is worth celebrating.”

In Meininger’s, Felicity Carter reflects on what Robert Parker’s retirement means for the world of wine.

In SevenFifty Daily, winemaker Brandon Sparks-Gillis explains why native yeast fermentations are critical for expression terroir. “For us—and for many of our neighbors—using commercial yeast would mean introducing flavors that did not come from our vineyards, therefore eradicating some aspect of the terroir. That’s why we prefer native yeasts, even though they require patience, a bit of faith, and meticulous attention to detail.”

David Schildknecht follows vintner Jochen Clemens, chronicling his discovery of what may be the world’s oldest riesling vines, in Wine & Spirits Magazine.

In Decanter, Jane Anson compares the 1986 and 1988 vintages in St-Julien. (subscription req.)

A 30% drop in the number of exhibitors and visitors at Vinexpo Bordeaux 2019 has prompted soul searching from Vinexpo.

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