- Hardcover: 688 pages
- Publisher: DK; 2nd Revised edition edition (6 Nov. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751310948
- ISBN-13: 978-0751310948
- Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 3.6 x 24.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Wines of the Rhone Valley Hardcover – 6 Nov 1997
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"Newsweek"Parker has revolutionized American wine criticism, and...has brought [to it] the stringent standards of a fanatic, the high moral purpose of a reformer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The Rhone River starts as a trickle of water in the icy depths of Switzerland and passes in view of some of that country's best vineyards before it enters France 44 miles west of Geneva. Read the first page
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Parker's book is full of the usual indulgences - a preparedness for hyperbole, for speaking with absolute authority and for the general impression that the author is more important than the winemaker. The wines are afforded their status because he writes about them, alas; we would prefer, I suspect, a writer who realises the wines are his reason for being, rather than the other way around.
Nonetheless, the book is a solid effort of research and the tasting notes are a testament to an awful amount of time and care - and love - devoted to the subject. Parker knows the Rhone, and he conveys his enthusiasms well. Recommended.
So, is the book worth buying? YES. There is little doubt that Parker is one of the most interesting wine writers around. This book not only provides a wealth of information on the region and their traditions, but Parker's profiles on the more prodigious producers allow the reader to feel that they get to know them a little more. His wonderful account of Laurent Feraud of Domaine Pegau in CDP is excellent and having met her, I can honestly say that he captures both her charm and ferocity.
Essentially when you read Parker you feel as though you get to know the region and the wines. Bordeaux is a more austere book as is the region.
Parker's reccomendations are not infallible, but then you would doubt the strength of your own opinion should you agree with everything he says. He introduced me to Pegau, St. Cosme, Rostaing, Chave, Pierre Usegglio and the finer (and cheaper) special cuvees from St. Joseph and Crozes Hermitage of the almost infallible Chapoutier and for that I am grateful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fine book, very informative for this underrated area of France. The book is however out of date with 1995 (i think) being the last vinage reviewed.Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by Kieron Broderick
Well, what can I say? Parker's books just amaze me. This book is so well written, the points system helps you a great deal. Read morePublished on 27 April 2002
While I am not a believer in Parker's point system, I also found that this book gives little detail of the region and its wines. Read morePublished on 3 July 2001
Well worth reading. By no means the only view on this rich wine region, but generally very reliable. Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2001
Parker is a superb taster. Unfortunately his honesty and/or tastes rub some people up the wrong way. I find his palette and tasting notes to be extremely reliable.Published on 5 Jun. 2001 by Penfold
This book is firmly based in the personal opinions of Robert Parker - each account carries the (very disputed) 100 point system which can only really be relevant for one year (... Read morePublished on 16 July 2000
Once again Parker comes up with a great tome. Like his other volumes, this one covers most of the major producers of each appellation, and has reviews and scorings of most major... Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 1999
An excellent book. My husband loves it for their reviews. When we visited the Rhone, we relied heavily on the travel section in the back of the book and found excellent lodging... Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 1999
Definitely a true connoisseur's guide and there is no exception for the readers in Asia! Parker's books always fulfil our request for complete information all about wines.Published on 19 Mar. 1999