The primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite.

— Robert M. Parker, Jr.

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I believe that the responsibility of the winemaker is to take that fruit and get it into the bottle as the most natural and purest expression of that vineyard, of the grape varietal or blend, and of the vintage.

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I've always followed the rule that anything worth doing is worth doing excessively.

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A wine goes in my mouth, and I just see it.

I see it in three dimensions. The textures. The flavours. The smells. They jump out at me. When I put my nose in a glass, it's like tunnel vision. I move into another world, where everything around me is gone, and every bit of mental energy is focused on that wine.

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No viticultural region in America has demonstrated as much progress in quality and potential for greatness as... the Santa Barbara region, where the Burgundian varietals Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are planted in its cooler climates.

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Scores do not reveal the most important facts about a wine.

The written commentary (tasting notes) that accompanies the ratings is a better source of information than any score regarding the wine's style and personality, its quality level relative to its peers, and its relative value and aging potential.

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These are the people who do studies that your carry-out Chinese meals are saturated in fat. I'd just like to meet them! I mean, what do they do for pleasure?

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No sane man can afford to dispense with debilitating pleasures;

no ascetic can be considered reliably sane.

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My personal philosophy is, you can be sure of nothing.

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Fettuccine Alfredo is dangerous for your health.

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From a wine critic's perspective, there are far too many innocuous, over-oaked, over-acidified, or over-cropped wines emerging from California. While those sins would not be a problem if the wines sold for under $20, many are in fact $75-$150. That's appalling.

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The finest glasses for both technical and hedonistic purposes are those made by Riedel. The effect of these glasses on fine wine is profound. I cannot emphasize enough what a difference they make.

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Wine to me is something that brings people together.

Wine does promote conversation and promote civility, but it's also fascinating. It's the greatest subject to study. No matter how much you learn, every vintage is going to come at you with different factors that make you have to think again.

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About Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Quotes 18 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Critic
Birthday October 16

I'm an anti-industrial kind of guy.

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Part of life is to live it, and enjoy it, and seize the moments that you find particularly pleasing.

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I'm a common-sense kind of guy.

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The first famous winemaking consultant was the late professor Emile Peynaud, who reigned over Bordeaux throughout the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s.

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When I put my nose in a glass, it's like tunnel vision.

I move into another world, where everything around me is just gone, and every bit of mental energy is focused on that wine.

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