Robert M. Parker Jr. – known as the world’s most influential wine critic – has retired from Robert Parker Wine Advocate.
“It is with mixed feelings that I announce this,” Lisa Perrotti-Brown said today on The Wine Advocate.
“I say ‘mixed’ because if anyone deserves a rest from our frenetic world of wine reviews, it is Bob. And yet, his contribution to significantly raising the bar of critical, unbiased wine writing and wine quality cannot be overestimated. His unrivaled tasting experience and expert, straight-talking opinions will be sorely missed by consumers and trade alike.”
Parker said: “As I retire from The Wine Advocate, I have the honor of passing the baton to our wonderful team. The time has come for myself to relinquish all editorial and board responsibilities with immediate effect. I raise my glass to all of you for being part of this journey and hope all will continue to share the enthusiasm for discovering wines with our dedicated reviewers.”
“Robert Parker fully relinquished the reviewing of wines for Robert Parker Wine Advocate to his 10-strong review team more than two years ago now,” Lisa said.
Parker graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1973 and joined a firm as a practicing lawyer near where he and his young wife had grown up, in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1978 he began publishing his own wine guide, The Baltimore-Washington Wine Advocate. In 1979 the name of the magazine was changed to The Wine Advocate.
• See the full article on The Wine Advocate.