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The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr., and the Reign of American Taste (P.S.) Paperback – 1 Aug 2006
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"A lively history" -- New York Times Book Review
."highly anticipated.The thoroughness of McCoy's reporting is impressive.prodigious." -- Los Angeles Times
"A riveting morality tale for our time." -- Gerald Asher
A lively history --New York Times Book Review
."..highly anticipated...The thoroughness of McCoy's reporting is impressive...prodigious."--Los Angeles Times
"A lively history"--New York Times Book Review
"Scupulous and balanced...no wine book will receive more attention."--New York Times
"A riveting morality tale for our time."--Gerald Asher
"A fascinating analysis of Parker's substantial influence..."--BusinessWeek
"Emperor of Wine is a vibrant absorbing portrait..."--USA Today
About the Author
Award-winning journalist and international wine judge Elin McCoy has chronicled the world of wine for thirty years. She is the wine and spirits columnist for Bloomberg Markets, and a longtime contributing editor at Food & Wine. Her writings have also appeared in the New York Times, House & Garden, and many other publications.
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Whether you like Parker or not, whether you care about his marks on the famous 100-scale or not, you will be fascinated by this book if you're a wine aficionado. McCoy is a critical but very fair biographer, and having read this book it is hard to believe that anybody will come up with a better account of Parker's rise in the future.
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The book is perhaps most interesting in its confirmation of the fact that a single individual can have an immense impact on our world. The author also manages to tease out the sometimes unexpected details that contribute to the larger story, e.g., Addy Bassin's willingness to share his mailing list with Parker, a crucial element in Parker's success. How many people drive past Bassin's MacArthur Liquors every day, unaware of the fact of its role in shaping the world's wine industry? As a steady customer of Bassin's during my 17 years in Washington, D.C. I was pleased to see the author's awareness of its importance.
The more I researched wine, the more Mr. Parker's name came up. I became curious as to how he became one of the world's most revered wine authorities.
I have read "Noble Rot" and watched 'Mondovino". This book had far more information particular to Mr. Parker. Unfortunately, it is very dry.
It has none of the snap, or flow, of other great food and wine writers.
The author seems to veer between reverence and disdain in a somewhat schizophrenic manner.
All in all, I appreciated the information, but can't recommend this book to anyone just looking for a good read