Documents the career of one of the world's most influential wine critics, describing his everyday American childhood, the hard work that shaped the course of his successes, and his contributions to the world of wine buying and consumption.Documents the career of one of the world's most influential wine critics, describing his everyday American childhood, the hard work that shaped the course of his successes, and his contributions to the world of wine buying and consumption.Read Less
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New in new dust jacket. Signed by author. As new, never read, no defects, no remainder marks, gift condition. Signed by author on title page "Elin McCoy". Original $25.95 price is unclipped. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 352 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.
This biography of the world's leading wine critic is generally terrific. The book begins as a true biography with insightful anecdotes about the man, his life, and his taste. The second half tends to focus more on the controversy surrounding Mr. Parker, which I found tiresome. Disclaimer: I'm a fan of Mr. Parker, so I enjoyed the "getting to know him" parts of the book and less the "he has flaws" parts of the book. That being said, I thought the book was largely objective. All in all, if you like wine at all, you will enjoy this readable biography. Enjoyed the pictures as well - very additive to the story.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-05-30 Anyone who's been swayed by the point system when buying wine-selecting a "93" over an "86," for example-can blame Robert Parker, founder of the newsletter the Wine Advocate and now considered by many to be the most influential wine critic ever. McCoy, a wine writer for Bloomberg and Food & Wine, points out that Parker can ruin a winery simply by stamping a sub-80 label on its product. In this amalgamation of biography and American wine mini-history, McCoy delves into how Parker became such a towering figure. Parker discovered fine wine on a European trip during college; his growing obsession with the grape prompted him to start the publication that would later change the way wine was rated, bought and consumed. Between snippets of Parker's life, McCoy tries to set the scene for his rise by explaining how wine consumption boomed in the U.S. in the 1970s. The background is useful, but it and other distracting forays into social history sometimes make the work feel disjointed. Another failing is McCoy's sometimes hagiographic depiction of Parker. But these quibbles knock this otherwise engrossing book down by only a few points on the taste scale. Agent, Alan Kaufman. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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