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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Original edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439101906
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439101902
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael A. Duvernois VINE VOICE on January 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Parker started off in wine reviewing with an eye toward consumer value. He exposed wines that were well-known but ultimately inferior products and championed other wines that were excellent but obscure. Since then his ratings have been much argued over and his influence has been both decried and heralded. Well, whatever.

This is a book built on his original reputation, showing us wines that were good whether we had heard of them before or not. With a price cutoff of $25, this is not as "low priced" as some of the other wine bargain books out there, but I think the book is an excellent resource for wines that are both excellent on a budget and really good wines that happen to be inexpensive (often because no one had heard of them before). Parker tastes a lot of wines and has strong opinions on them, and both of those attributes help this book.

I would also note that the price ranges listed (and the $25 limit on wines for the book) represent some sort of nominal industry pricing and in my experience many of the wines are available at retail for randomly lower prices. And take the price of this ephemeral book as a small cost of avoiding a dodgy bottle of wine. (Note that the Parker tasting scores do NOT appear in this book. Just recommended wines, approximate prices, and some text about the wine.)
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I purchased this book hoping it would contain a list of great values which did not make the Parker's flagship guide solely on grounds of quality. Unfortunately, it is limited to a selection of wines which are already in the main guide. If you assiduously believe that wine should be judged on price before anything else (and that the wine will not be sold out a week after being published in Parker's) then perhaps this is a useful book for you. Me, I don't see the advantage in owning an abridged copy of a book that I already own.Thus no added value, and a waste of money.
Instead, I should have purchased a wine app where I can search for bottles within my own price limits.
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I ordered this for my son who is starting to get interested in wine (my wife and I are long time collectors).

My brief scan before I gave it to him tells me it is a good starter book for the novice.
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This book is Robert Parker's attempt to crack the inexpensive wine market, but it's a sloppy one, riddled with typos and mistakes, poorly organized, and filled with wines that are impossible to find for the average consumer. Plus, he looks for cheap wines that are made in a fake-expensive style: lots of oak chips, etc. He completely ignores red burgundy and gives short shrift to provencal rose, which is one of the best value styles in france. That's because Parker doesn't get rose, or burgundy. He likes his bordeaux and his big, dumb napa cabs.

Parker should stick to reviewing expensive wine -- that's his niche.
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Great book that helps train you in the evaluation of less expensive wines. There are many wines below the $25 price level that people don't know about.
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A wonderful book! There's a lot of necessary and useful information. I am happy with this purchase. Thanks for the book!
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