Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide 6th Edition: The Complete, Easy-to-Use Reference on Recent Vintages…

by Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Robert M. Parker

Simon & Schuster | October 1, 2002 | Hardcover

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Thoroughly revised and updated, this sixth edition of the Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide has been eagerly awaited by seasoned collectors and occasional drinkers alike. No one wants to waste his or her precious dollars on an unenjoyable bottle, and with Parker's advice in hand, no one ever will.

Employing his famous 100-point rating system and copious tasting notes, Parker evaluates more than 8,000 wines of recent vintage from all the major wine-producing regions of the world. More than 3,000 specific growers and producers from the world's leading viticultural areas are evaluated separately, and Parker's independence from the trade allows him to be completely honest in his opinions.

This latest edition has been revised, updated, and expanded to offer increased coverage of Italy and Australia, while continuing to provide the most extensive and authoritative reviews in the world of the wines of all regions covered previously

In addition to the valuable ratings information, Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide includes all the information today's consumer needs in order to select the perfect bottle, store it, spot a badly stored and abused bottle, and find the best wine values. Quite simply, Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide is the indispensable resource on wine from America's most knowledgeable and influential authority on the subject.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1648 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 3.83 in

Published: October 1, 2002

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743229312

ISBN - 13: 9780743229319

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Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide 6th Edition: The Complete, Easy-to-Use Reference on Recent Vintages, Prices, and Ratings for More Than 8,000 Win

Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide 6th Edition: The Complete, Easy-to-Use Reference on Recent Vintages…

by Pierre-Antoine Rovani, Robert M. Parker

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 1648 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 3.83 in

Published: October 1, 2002

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743229312

ISBN - 13: 9780743229319

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IntroductionHOW TO USE THIS GUIDEThis book is both an educational manual and a buying guide; it is not an encyclopedic listing of wine producers and growers. It is intended to make you a more formidable, more confident wine buyer by providing you with sufficient insider's information to permit the wisest possible choice when you make a wine-buying decision. The finest producers as well as the best known (not necessarily a guarantee of quality) from the world's greatest viticultural regions are evaluated, as well as many of the current and upcoming releases available in the marketplace. If readers cannot find a specific vintage of a highly regarded wine, they still have at their fingertips a wealth of information and evaluations concerning the best producers for each viticultural area. Readers should be confident in knowing that they will rarely make a mistake (unless, of course, the vintage is absolutely dreadful) with a producer rated "outstanding" or "excellent" in this buying manual. These producers are the finest and most consistent in the world. Taste is obviously subjective, but I have done my best to provide an impartial and comprehensive consumer's guide, whose heart, soul, and value are the evaluations (star ratings) of the world's finest producers.Note: Readers should recognize that my assistant, Pierre-Antoine Rovani, has written the tasting notes and numerical scores for chapters on Burgundy, Washington, Alsace, Oregon, the Loire, Germany, New Zealand, and South
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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

How to Use This Guide

Organization

Viticultural Areas Covered

Rating the Producers and Growers

Vintage Summaries

Tasting Notes and Ratings

Quoted Prices

Wine Price Guide Codes

The Role of a Wine Critic

About Wine

How to Buy Wine

How to Store Wine

The Question of How Much Aging

How to Serve Wine

Food and Wine Matchups

What's Been Added to Your Wine?

Organic Wines

The Dark Side of Wine

The Growing International Standardization of Wine Styles

Destroying the Joy of Wine by Excessive Acidification, Overzealous Fining,

and Abrasive Filtration

The Inflated Wine Pricing of Restaurants

Collectors versus Consumers

Unspeakable Practices

Wine Producers' Greed

Wine Writers' Ethics and Competence

In Vino Veritas?

Safety Guidelines

What Constitutes a Great Wine?

Making Sense of Terroir

Recommended Reading

The Wine World's Biggest Lies

A Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Understanding the Language of the Wine-maker

Wine on the Internet

THE WINES OF WESTERN EUROPE

Chapter 1: France

Alsace

Bordeaux

Burgundy and Beaujolais

Champagne

The Loire Valley

The Languedoc-Roussillon

Provence

The Rhône Valley

Bergerac and the Southwest

Chapter 2: Italy

Piedmont

Tuscany

Other Significant Red Wines of Italy

Chapter 3: Germany and Austria

Chapter 4: Spain and Portugal

THE WINES OF NORTH AMERICA

Chapter 5: California

Chapter 6: Oregon

Chapter 7: Washington State

Chapter 8: The Mid-Atlantic States

THE BEST OF THE REST

Chapter 9: Australia and New Zealand

Chapter 10: Argentina and Chile

Chapter 11: South Africa

Index

From the Publisher

Thoroughly revised and updated, this sixth edition of the Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide has been eagerly awaited by seasoned collectors and occasional drinkers alike. No one wants to waste his or her precious dollars on an unenjoyable bottle, and with Parker's advice in hand, no one ever will.

Employing his famous 100-point rating system and copious tasting notes, Parker evaluates more than 8,000 wines of recent vintage from all the major wine-producing regions of the world. More than 3,000 specific growers and producers from the world's leading viticultural areas are evaluated separately, and Parker's independence from the trade allows him to be completely honest in his opinions.

This latest edition has been revised, updated, and expanded to offer increased coverage of Italy and Australia, while continuing to provide the most extensive and authoritative reviews in the world of the wines of all regions covered previously

In addition to the valuable ratings information, Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide includes all the information today's consumer needs in order to select the perfect bottle, store it, spot a badly stored and abused bottle, and find the best wine values. Quite simply, Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide is the indispensable resource on wine from America's most knowledgeable and influential authority on the subject.

About the Author

Robert M. Parker, Jr., has been the author and publisher of The Wine Advocate for twenty-four years. He is also the author of the following internationally bestselling as well as award-winning books: Burgundy, Bordeaux, The Wines of the Rhône Valley, and Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide. He is the first wine writer (and one of only a few foreigners) to receive both of France's highest honors, knighthoods in the National Order of Merit and the Legion of Honor. He lives in Maryland.