Yes, you can buy world-class wine on a budget. With Parker’s Wine Bargains, America’s most influential wine critic offers a guide to the world’s best wines priced at $25 or less.
Robert M. Parker, Jr., earned his international reputation and unprecedented influence as a dedicated consumer advocate — if a wine isn’t worth the money, he says so, regardless of the wine’s pedigree. In Parker’s Wine Bargains, for the first time he and his Wine Advocate team offer budget-minded wine buyers a handy guide to low-priced wines for both everyday drinking and special occasions.
Organized by country, the book lists more than 1,500 quality wine producers, as well as abbreviated tasting notes for more than 3,000 of the best value wines. The book includes significant contributions from Wine Advocate reviewers David Schildknecht, Antonio Galloni, Dr. Jay Miller, Mark Squires, and Neal Martin. Chapters include an overview of each country’s wine-producing regions, highlight up-and-coming or underappreciated regions, and detail when wines can be consumed. Also featuring a vintage guide and lists such as “the best of the best,” Parker’s Wine Bargains is an accessible guide from the expert theNew York Times deems “the critic who matters most.”
Being budget-minded in today’s wine market presents some real challenges. On one hand, a weak dollar and continued demand for wine tend to inflate prices; on the other, recession and overleveraged wineries depress prices. All of this makes for a volatile marketplace, and prices may change rapidly at the retail level. For Parker, a bargain wine is one that sells for less than $25. His main objective here is to recommend specific bottles from each listed region, but his influential, if controversial, 100-point rating system is notably absent. Within each country or region, Parker lists bargain wines by producer, describing each wine’s salient characteristics and giving an approximate price range. Indexes further assist in finding one’s way around this extensive catalog. Parker’s undisputed status as the preeminent wine critic gives cachet to any listing he produces, and his imprimatur represents a reliable standard for the consumer. –Mark Knoblauch
About the Author
Robert M. Parker, Jr., has been the author and publisher of The Wine Advocate for more than twenty-five years. He has won countless awards, including two of France’s highest presidential honors: in 1993, President Francois Mitterrand pronounced him a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Merite. In 1999, President Jacques Chirac signed a decree appointing Parker a Chevalier dans L’Ordre de la Legion d’Honneur, and in 2005, elevated his title to Officier. He is the author of many books about wine, includingBordeaux, Burgundy, The Wines of the Rhône Valley, and Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide. Visit the author online at www.eRobertParker.com.
- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Original edition (November 3, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439101906
- ISBN-13: 978-1439101902
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds