Robert McDowell Parker Jr. is the world’s most influential wine critic. Born in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) on July 23rd, 1947, he continues to guide the fine wine industry with the tip of his nose, still going strong at the age of 64.
“A wine goes in my mouth, and I just see it. I see it in three dimensions – the textures, the flavors, the smells. They just jump out at me.”
- Robert Parker Jr.
Robert Parker graduated from the University of Maryland with a major in history, and spent the first decade of his professional career as an Attorney for Farm Credit Banks of Baltimore. Already having an interest in wine since the early stages of his professional life, he released several publications about fine wine in the late 70’s. His renowned wine guide, titled ‘The Wine Advocate’ started in 1978 initially went out for free, with 600 subscribers opting for the second edition. Over two decades later, The Wine Advocate now draws over 50,000 subscribers in over 27 countries.
In addition to writing and tasting for The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker is a contributing editor for BusinessWeek and the Food and Wine Magazine. He frequently writes for other global magazines like The Field and L’Express, as well as having featured in other leading publications like Newsweek, Time, The Financial Times, The Economist and many more. The writing style of Robert M. Parker Jr. has remained simple; his aim being to provide meaningful, comprehensive, independent, accurate, critical commentaries and opinions on fine wines and fine wine values.
Moreover, Parker provides his own wine rating system, now widely accepted as an industry standard, based on a 50-100 point quality scale. Robert Parker claims that 20-point rating systems do not provide enough flexibility and can result in discrepant and inflated wine scores. To view the entire Parker Points system check out this article titled ‘The Robert Parker Wine Scoring System’.
Robert McDowell Parker Jr. remains an influential player in the fine wine market. Global demand and price-setting and fluctuations of newly released Bordeaux wines greatly depend on the verdict of Robert Parker. As this, along with other factors, plays a significant role in terms of investment wines and their future potential, Robert Parker is definitely a voice to remember for the foreseeable future.