Robert Parker, the most famous wine critic in the world, has been inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintners Hall of Fame.
Four people were inducted – Parker, Merry Edwards, Cesar Chavez and Frank Schoonmaker – by the nominating committee chaired by wine journalist W. Blake Gray.
Parker called his induction a “very humbling occasion” and acknowledged the fact that he was a controversial choice.
Parker was responsible for pioneering a 100 point scoring system which is still highly influential today. Specialising in Bordeaux wines, Parker has recently branded the 2005 and 2009 vintages as two of the best in living memory. When he set up the Wine Advocate magazine in the late 1970s he was less than enthusiastic about the state of Californian wine, but since then he has been won over the region’s improvements to wine production. Producers such as Screaming Eagle and Opus One – Robert Mondavi and Baron Philippe de Rothschild’s brainchild – have improved Napa’s worldwide standing as a fantastic wine-growing region.
Parker commented: “This means a lot to me from one of my favourite wine regions, many thanks.”
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