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on 24 October 2008
The 7. edition of Parkers Wine buyer's guide has lost all of it's meaning.
The wines are only rated by points, and there are no tasting notes, no "hedonistic Parker writing" to each wine, which is essential when choosing wines for buying and ageing. You can't see the costs of the wines either, only the pricerange of the winery, which of course doesn't say anything regarding the specific wine.
The wine guide, which used to be a detailed positive list of wines to buy, is now a general description of the wineareas with an ultra short presentation of the winery.

Wine enthusiasts should still buy Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, where the tasting notes are available, but if you already subscribe to Wine Advocate this Wine Guide is money in the drain.
Buy a good bottle of wine instead!
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on 26 October 2009
At first the idea of defining a wine by a number somewhere between 0 & 100 has some superficial appeal. Then you look at wines you know and the number Parker hands down from on high and you wonder why? Why does Chateau Haut Marbuzet 2005 get a lower score from parker than anyone else (and with a provocative question mark)? We will never know. Can there really be a difference between a wine getting 92 points and another getting 93. Would another famous palate agree? The excellent annual "Guide Hachette" (French wine only and only in French) gets by with a four point scale and is none the worse for that.
As to the editorial part: Mr Parker seems to have chips on both shoulders. Obviously his feelings have been bruised by other folk not giving him due respect! The venerable Hugh Johnson is mentioned twice in a 1500 page book: once as a book reference and once to denounce him for compromising on whether wine should be filtered.
Altough well written and stylish this huge book is very unbalanced. In particular there is very little coverage of more affordable wines. Wheras half the book is about French wine, some of the less well known regions get a couple of lines each. Some of the large producers, such as La Chablisienne (the cooperative in Chablis and producer of nearly a third of it's wine), does not even rate a mention. Unless you are mostly interested in classed growth bordeaux or grand cru burgundy, you'd be better off with Oz Clarke's or Hugh Johnson's little pocket books and less likely to get a hernia.
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on 13 October 2008
Having scanned most of this book I was a bit disappointed in not seeing any specific tasting notes but just numbers and a general background about the winery. Also I would have expected older vintages to be listed, as this is his first book for ages and itb would have been helpful. I will wait in anticipation for any new releases
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on 28 December 2008
I feel that reviewers may have been a little unkind as they were expecting a rerun of previous Guides, and this is a little different. There are fewer detailed tasting notes of individual wines it is true, but more 'scores' than before. It is the greatly increased coverage of areas such as Austria, Germany and Portugal that I found fascinating. There are many great bargains (and great wines) to be found there and the detailed coverage of the different wine producing areas and vintage assessments are one of the strengths of the Guide.
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on 17 June 2013
The best wine book out there, but No. 8 must be due soon. Very informative for wines from all over the world
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on 12 December 2015
love it
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