Being budget-minded in today’s wine market presents some real challenges. On one hand, a weak dollar and continued demand for wine tend to inflate prices; on the other, recession and overleveraged wineries depress prices. All of this makes for a volatile marketplace, and prices may change rapidly at the retail level. For Parker, a bargain wine is one that sells for less than $25. His main objective here is to recommend specific bottles from each listed region, but his influential, if controversial, 100-point rating system is notably absent. Within each country or region, Parker lists bargain wines by producer, describing each wine’s salient characteristics and giving an approximate price range. Indexes further assist in finding one’s way around this extensive catalog. Parker’s undisputed status as the preeminent wine critic gives cachet to any listing he produces, and his imprimatur represents a reliable standard for the consumer. --Mark Knoblauch
About the Author
Robert M. Parker, Jr.,
has been the author and publisher of The Wine Advocate
for more than twenty-five years. He has won countless awards, including two of France’s highest presidential honors: in 1993, President Francois Mitterrand pronounced him a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Merite. In 1999, President Jacques Chirac signed a decree appointing Parker a Chevalier dans L’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur, and in 2005, elevated his title to Officier. He is the author of many books about wine, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, The Wines of the Rhône Valley
, and Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide
. Visit the author online at www.eRobertParker.com.