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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and slightly different from Parker's other books
There's all the detail and precision you expect from RP but this is more of an interesting read than his other books. More background and insight about the idiosyncracies of the wines and growers. I found myself reading this book rather than just using it as the essential reference that all his books have become. I felt that I got deeper into the region and its wines...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good example of why Robert Parker is known as precocious
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 ( particularly when looking at the Rhone Valley)I would recommend the Rhone Rennaisance as a far more informative and well written account of this fine region.
Published on 16 July 2000


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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and slightly different from Parker's other books, 23 Jun 1999
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This review is from: The Wines of the Rhone Valley (Hardcover)
There's all the detail and precision you expect from RP but this is more of an interesting read than his other books. More background and insight about the idiosyncracies of the wines and growers. I found myself reading this book rather than just using it as the essential reference that all his books have become. I felt that I got deeper into the region and its wines than I could with his other books, you could almost say it's a good read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Effort, but a Trifle Self-Impressed?, 21 Feb 1998
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This review is from: The Wines of the Rhone Valley (Hardcover)
There are a number of books now available on the wines of the Rhone, an area of the wine world with increasing public awareness, and deservedly so. Parker has updated his own volume, but appears to be unaware of any of the efforts of others in the field; he is certainly unprepared to acknowledge the body of work into which his new book will rest. Any book of this type of thoroughness with no bibliography seems to this reviewer to miss the point a bit...
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Both a guide and an intro to the Rhone Wine Culture, 15 Oct 2002
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This review is from: The Wines of the Rhone Valley (Hardcover)
There is no way to avoid discussing the controversy surrounding Robert Parker and if the truth were told, much of it is mis-directed. Yes Parker has incredible power and influence, but the reader is reminded that they are responsible for their own education and it is up to them to broaden their knowledge through using sources other than Robert Parker.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rhone, 17 Jun 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The handy bible for Rhone wines, 26 Aug 1999
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This review is from: The Wines of the Rhone Valley (Hardcover)
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 vintages. As a lover of Rhone wines I would not want to be without this book, as I continue to explore this region.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must bring when you vist the Rhone Valley, 2 Jun 1999
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This review is from: The Wines of the Rhone Valley (Hardcover)
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 and restaurant recommendations, which made for an unforgettable trip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book!, 19 Mar 1999
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and meticulous, as always, 17 Oct 1998
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The best part of Robert Parker is how much information he provides. No one else so consistently organizes so much and puts it in one place. Add integrity, and a superb palate. The Rhones have never been treated better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Rhone wines this book is indispensible, 20 April 1998
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Another colossal work by Mr. Parker! As usual, the author concentrates a little more on grading individual wines, producers and vintages than on the background and the general picture. The book is very coherent, easy to refer to, and is packed with useful (and not so useful) information. It explicitly treats every winemaker in the region with specific notes and marks for every conceivable wine and vintage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent survey of the area., 30 Mar 1998
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This is a fabulously indulgent work for fans of Rhone wines. Parker's great love of the area and its most famous product shines off the pages and brings depth and passion to wine criticism. There is however one drawback for those hoping to use the book as a basis for touring the vineyards themselves and this is that he only gives a generic price for each appellation rather than a price for each domaine. Thus we know roughly how much a Cote Rotie is going to cost us, but not how much a particular Guigal will be. This is obviously due to his having an American audience in mind which will be buying its wine largely from importers, but nonetheless it does it mean that for us who like to tour wine areas we need to refer to another work in order to make a judgement about which wines represent the best value. Otherwise an excellent and enjoyable work.
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