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Both a guide and an intro to the Rhone Wine Culture,
By A Customer
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.