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The Wine Buyer's Guide [Hardcover]

Robert Parker
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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3 Nov 2008

Recent vintages, prices and ratings for more than 8,000 wines from across the world

With this fully revised, seventh edition of Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide, Robert Parker once again makes the world of wine accessible to everyone.

Two volumes presented in a durable slipcase cover wines from France and the Rest of the World. Using his famous 100-point rating system, he evaluates over 8,000 wines. All the essential information on recent vintages and prices, buying and storing, spotting badly stored or abused bottles, and finding the best value wines.

An indispensable one-stop-shop for any wine connoisseur.


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  • Hardcover: 1656 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (3 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405326395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405326391
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 17 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Parker's word is gospel. . . uniquely thorough and illuminating.' Wine

'the scope is impressive.' Sunday Times

'. . . essential. . . ' Evening Standard

About the Author

Internationally acclaimed wine critic Robert Parker has written about wine for over 30 years. He has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Chevalier dans l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur awarded by Jacques Chirac. Robert resides in northern Maryland, USA.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
This man has been described as the worlds most powerful critic, and it's true. Nobody, in any field, has as much infulence over his/her chosen field. People the world over, quite literally, make wines to please Parker.
Don't expect to find most of the wines in this book in your local supermarket, there are better books (Gluck, Oz Clarke) for that. But if you need to know about the worlds best wines, then there is abolutely no substitute for Parker. And by best wines, this means mainly France, also US, Italy, Australia. Don't expect too much more detail from other countries, Parker doesn't rate New Zealand much for example, apart from maybe Cloudy Bay.
So if you are looking for information on reasonably priced wines that are available in the high street, avoid this book. Most of the tastings are of vintages long since unavilable outside of an auction house.
But if you are serious about wine, then this is essential. And if you have any sort of investment at all in wine, you will no doubt have this anyway. A good review of one of your "en primeur" wines will send it's value soaring.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what it seems 17 Feb 2009
Format:Hardcover
I would suggest that anyone considering buying this book on the strength of Robert Parker's previous fine publications should take a good look at it first. It is not what it seems. There is a brief introduction to each wine estate and then simply list after list of wine scores. There are no tasting notes. Quite why whomever has assembled the book has chosen to omit them is puzzling. Tasting notes are there in Parker's Wine Advocate and in previous editions of this book. It can not be a question of space - this edition is significantly shorter. The reader is thus left with nothing to read but lists of numbers. I am afraid that in this instance the purchaser was left feeling short changed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopaedic antries, but limited coverage 1 Jan 2003
By Rich
Format:Hardcover
A fine addition to any wine lover's book-shelf, this weighty tome in 2 volumes covers French wines in great detail and other European wines in adequate detail. If you're looking to get a flavour of the new world you need to look elsewhere though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
this book not only gives you a point rating out of 100 on specific wines but also rates produces on a general scale giving you an advantage on choosing up comming vintages not yet rated.this book is very complete and very usefull in any collectors library.Only flaw i found(becides my spelling)is that prior editions rate wineries different than the current book.This is an excelent book for all wine lovers.A must purchase!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
There is absolutely no point in carping and moaning about it. Robert Parker is “The Man”, the “nec plus ultra” , when it comes to wine tasting, criticism and review. He is revered, feared, loathed, admired and beloved, in equal measure, by wine growers, “negociants”, importers and brokers (particularly in Bordeaux, home of the greatest and most noble wines), since it is he, who through his fearless and uninfluenceable criticisms, and more importantly, his 0-100 point scoring of wines, who effectively sets the prices that can be charged, and it is he who is the ultimate benchmark arbiter, world-wide, of which wines are good, which are bad, which are terrific, and which are abysmal. No matter who you are, and whatever may be your reputation, he will call it as he tastes it, and if that causes squeals of anguish amongst complacent or ineffective wine growers, so be it. For every big ego that he has bruised, he has elevated to recognition a brilliant, hard working, but previously overlooked wine grower from a less well known region or “appellation”. This has served as an inspiration to legions of young wine growers and oenologists, as never before. We, the consumer, bear all of the benefit. As President Chirac said, on the occasion of Parker being awarded France’s highest civilian honour, the “Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur” , “Robert Parker is the most followed and influential critic of French wines in the entire world”. Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading 1 May 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Love him or hate him, you have to read him to know. He is one of the most influencial critics and what he says leads to frenzies of buying. Anyone who is a wine enthusiast will want to read enough of Parkers reviews to understand his palate and at least be aware of his presence in the market place. This book has been an outstanding source of information for me, especially as I delved into wine regions that I had little understanding of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I have both this and the 3rd edition, and I would strongly recommend you to have a recent copy in your collection, but not to rush out and buy the new edition every time it appears. The 3rd edition had >1,000 pages and this one >1,600 pages, I suppose the next edition will have >2,000 pages - which ever way you look at it, it's fantastic value for money in terms of /kg. I know that much is said for and against Parker, but the point-rating system and the well-written text makes it an interesting and useful book. I have read some reviews that praise Parker for opening up new wine producing areas, new markets, and new tasting options. Other reviews condemn him for pushing for one type of taste and for inflating prices. I look at what the book gives me. Firstly, I like the descriptions about the countries, producers and wine. Secondly, I like rating systems, his and others, because they can help me decide what to go for next. Thirdly, I use his book to check interesting options that I find in supermarkets (I live in Europe and our supermarkets sometimes have an amazing range of wines on offer) and wine shops. Some people say it is too oriented to the US market, but it nevertheless has provided me with a few good finds, and it often comforts me in buying some lesser known producer or region/grape combination. I will admit that I use Bettane & Desseauve for my French wines, but I tend to use Parker for its coverage of wines from the new world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great for all wine buffs
Parker, love him or otherwise, is the recognised 'Guru' of wine scoring and assessment of a particular wine/vintage. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by dennis
2.0 out of 5 stars Let Down
Robert Parker is rightly (in my opinion) considered the pre-eminent wine critic in the world and provided you accept his palate prefers ripe, luscious wines he is the person I look... Read more
Published on 12 May 2010 by J D C TAYLOR
1.0 out of 5 stars Parker and his world view
Overblown, over-extracted, over-rated, over-priced. My view on his books and the wines he lauds. Try Jancis Robinson, Andrew Jefford, Stephen Spurrier, Clive Coates and John... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by D. Perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Parker Winer Buyer's guide
Very detailed book and is one for the more avid wine connossiur. I bought it as a gift for my partner and he was delighted with the content. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2010 by Karen Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars (chanting): USA.. USA.. USA, ad nauseam
This is a big book. And it costs a lot of money. One could buy x bottles of (insert wine here) for the price of this weighty tome. Read more
Published on 23 July 2003 by Joseph Gilmour
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Present for a Wine Lover
Very detailed information about French wines. Has everything you would even need to know, including what type of glasses to use! Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2003 by Nicole Smyth
5.0 out of 5 stars THE most comprehensive wine book to date
This book is by far the most comprehensive and respected wine rating book in the market. No matter what critics say about Parker (too influential, his faible for strong tannin rich... Read more
Published on 12 Dec 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile
The criticisms of earlier reviewers are all true (this book is quickly out of date each time it appears). Read more
Published on 26 May 1999
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