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Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide: The Complete, Easy-to-Use Reference on Recent Vintages, Prices, and Ratings for More than 8,000 Wines from All the Major Wine Regions, 7th Edition Paperback – October 7, 2008

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Parker, a major force in the wine world, has both avid fans and legions who despise him. The French government has made him a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and Italy has made him a Commander in the Order of Merit, so he does know wine. The seventh edition of his buyer’s guide has been fully revised and updated. Parker’s introduction notes the growth of the wine industry and the increasing popularity of wine. He discusses the techniques of winemaking and explains his rating system. He also gives advice about buying and storing wine as well as serving it and pairing it with food. A discussion of “the dark side of wine” warns readers about things that winemakers may do to ruin wine, inflated prices in restaurants, wine fraud, and other “unspeakable practices.” Parker also offers his opinion on what constitutes great wine and provides a reading list of useful books on the subject. The main part of the book is the guide itself, with sections for western Europe, North America, and “The Best of the Rest” (Argentina, Australia, central Europe, Israel, New Zealand, and South America). These sections are divided alphabetically by country or region, with further divisions in the sections for France and Italy. Each treatment begins with a map and an article about the area’s wines, followed by ratings for the best wine growers and producers and an alphabetical list of wineries with vintage ratings and brief commentaries. In the interests of space, the specific tasting notes found in earlier editions have been eliminated. The index helps readers find information on specific wineries. This is a good resource for wine collections in public libraries. --Barbara Bibel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.
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Product Details

  • Series: Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 1536 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 7th edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743271998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743271998
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 2.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert M. Parker, Jr., has been the author and publisher of The Wine Advocate for over 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. He lives in Maryland with his wife, Patricia, his daughter, Maia, and numerous basset hounds and English bulldogs.

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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Robert M. Foster on October 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide, Robert M. Parker, Jr., Simon and Schuster, New York, 2008, 1513 pages, softback, $35. Four pounds of numbers. For $35 you get pages and pages filled with no specific wine descriptions, just lists and lists of the numerical score on the one hundred point scale. I don't get it. For years whenever the 100 point scale has been debated Parker has always responded that a reader should never just rely on the number he gives to a wine. The reader must also consider the written evaluation of the wine. Indeed he makes this same point in the introduction to this work. "However, it is also vital to consider the description of the wine's style, personality and potential." If it is "vital" why have all of these descriptions been stripped out this book? All that the author provides is the score and a window of drinkability. Other than some general comments about the winery as a whole, there are no specific comments about any of the wines. So a wine gets a score of 94 but will it go well with duck confit? No guidance is given at all. The reader deserves far more.

Given that Parker is the most influential wine critic in the world, I would have thought that before making derogatory remarks about a wine producer, he would have done extensive detailed research about the wines. Not so. Parker takes a swipe at the wines of Kosta-Browne stating that, "I find them somewhat superficial and overripe." (Pages 1194) Here is a winery that made its reputation on small lots of Sonoma County Pinot Noir. But Parker only lists scores on two pinots, both from the Central Coast, not Sonoma County. I thought that perhaps other Kosta Browne wines sourced from Sonoma grapes might have been tasted but dropped from this work because of space limitations.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Silence Dogood on June 28, 2009
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Mostly this book is just a synopsis of the latest point ratings and a summary on the wine producers. As noted by others, there aren't actually reviews for each wine, so you're left to buy a wine based simply on the "Parker Points" awarded. The introductory portion is merely a repeat of past books.

To me the best parts were the region summaries of the Loire, Germany, and Burgundy (which I believe were all produced by David Schildknecht). I've heard fans of Italian wines also laude Galloni's summary of Italy.

It's also worth noting that although Parker has indicated that most (60%) wines are purchased and "tasted blind when possible", recent conversations on his online forum indicate that he apparently may not follow these policies any longer, leading me to question what really is his stance on blind tasting and critical independence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tseng on September 12, 2009
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Just numbers and numbers and numbers.
I found the 6th edition to be a far better work. It is a fun and interesting read. He had stories to tell then, henri bonneau, the first growths, jayer...
The 7th edition turns out to narrow wines to a compendium of numerical values that I thought would be the exact antithesis of what he preached. Did he get lazy or just lost the passion? I am disappointed and saddened by this turn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2009
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I was surprised by the length of this book. Its over 1500 pages. Plenty of information and I liked that he covered several vintage years for each region and gave a reason (primarily weather) why some vintages were better than others. The reason I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 was because I found it was lacking information on new world wines. Most of his attention was focused on French wines.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jorge on January 19, 2014
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Parker's wine guide is the most complete wine guide there is. Wine companies do everything they can to gain a high rating from Parker's. I frequently visit a grocery store with a large selection of wines. I am always drawn to the tables that have wines with a rating greater than 90. Scores in the 90's are given to the very best wines.
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By Jean-Noel on December 26, 2010
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Parker wine buyer's guide 7th edition is quite disappointing and shows that fame is no guarantee of consistent quality.
Compared to the 6th edition, the writings about the wineries and their wines are way shorter and most of the time of little if any interest.
Before buying the upcoming 8th edition I will check it out and if it has not improved, I will definitely skip it.
May be Robert Parker should just stick to Bordeaux wines and not try to expand worldwide.
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This book is a massive reference for wines from major regions of the world. It is relatively unequal in the space dedicated to the different regions and some are more up-to-date than others. Parker's ratings are mostly for Bordeaux and California wines, all other regions are handled by different people which can lead to variations in the notation.
There is a honest discussion on wine tasting and interesting comments on most wine makers.
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This book is a great reference for both professionals and winos alike. It provides in depth information on regions, vintages, grapes and producers for most of the wine world. I highly recommend it.
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