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The Wine Advocate

The Wine Advocate is arguably the most influential wine publication in the world. Started by the legendary Robert M. Parker, Jr. in 1978, this independent, bi-monthly magazine provides insight into the world's wines and vintages from around the world, guiding consumers in their wine purchasing decisions by rating more than 7,500 wines per year.

"The man with the paragon palate…for countless wine lovers, Robert Parker's tastes are infallible."
TIME

"Parker has revolutionized American wine criticism, and… has brought the stringent standards of a fanatic, the high moral purpose of a reformer."
Newsweek

"The Wine Advocate is the best for guiding the consumer through the labyrinth of Burgundy and Bordeaux."
Forbes

"His influence is unparalleled in the history of wine journalism."
Decanter

"Parker is the most influential wine writer in the world today."
Los Angeles Times

"The world's most experienced and trustworthy taster."
Jancis Robinson

"Robert Parker is the most followed and influential critic for French wines in the entire world."
Former French President Jacques Chirac

The Wine Advocate Rating System


The Wine Advocates' Critics

Robert Parker, Jr.
A former lawyer, Robert Parker is arguably the world's most influential wine critic based in Baltimore, MD. The only wine writer to be awarded the highest Presidential Honors by two French presidents and one Italian president.

Antonio Galloni
Italian wine expert who founded The Piedmont Report in 2004, an in-depth newsletter covering wines from Italy's regions and producers, until joining the Wine Advocate team in 2006. Antonio is responsible for covering wines from Italy, California, Champagne, Chablis, and C?te d'Or.

David Schildknecht
Since the beginning of his career as a wine merchant, David has contributed to such well-known publications as International Wine Cellar and Wine & Spirits. He has been a James Beard Award finalist for his wine journalism and a contributing writer to the Oxford Companion to Wine. David currently covers the wines of Germany, Loire, Beaujolais and Macconais, Eastern US, Austria, Eastern Europe, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Jura.

Jay Miller
A former Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Jay Miller began his wine career as a consultant for a Baltimore, MD wine merchant to later become a part time assistant to Robert Parker in 1985. Jay is responsible for covering the regions of Oregon, Washington, South America and Spain.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Having achieved the prestigious Master of Wine qualification, Lisa's experience includes working as a buyer for one of Japan's top fine wine importers. She currently covers wines from Australia and New Zealand.

Neal Martin
Neal was the founder of wine-journal.com, an independent website with a following of 100,000 readers capturing tasting notes of the world's wines. He currently covers wines of South Africa and serves as a "Critic-at-Large" with overlapping coverage in all areas.

Mark Squires
A lawyer by training, Mark Squires has been teaching wine courses for over fifteen years. He also founded a website in 1995 with a popular feature called Bulletin Board, which is now housed at eRoberParker.com. He is responsible for the Bulletin Board and covering the wine regions of Israel, Greece and Portugal.

WINE SPECTATOR Up

Wine Spectator is one of the most influential wine publications in the world. Started in 1996, it provides ratings and tasting notes for more than 225,000 wines, news and features of the wine world, videos, blogs and special reports. The team of wine experts at Wine Spectator rates over 15,000 wines annually.

Wine Spectator Rating System


Wine Spectator's Critics

James Laube
Writing for Wine Spectator since 1993, James Laube is the expert on California wines. His 1996 book titled California Wine won the James Beard award for best wine book of the year. He has authored two other books – California's Great Cabernets and California's Great Chardonnays.

Kim Marcus
Writing for Wine Spectator since 1988, Kim Marcus is responsible for the regions of Austria, Greece, Portugal and Southern France.

Thomas Matthews
Writing for Wine Spectator since 1987 as a resident of Bordeaux, Thomas Matthews is responsible for the regions of Spain and New York.

James Molesworth
A former sommelier, James Molesworth joined Wine Spectator in 1997 and covers the regions of Argentina, Bordeaux, Chile, Finger Lakes of New York, Loire Valley, Rhone Valley and South Africa.

Bruce Sanderson
Writing for Wine Spectator since 1993, Bruce Sanderson is responsible for the tasting operations of New York, Napa and Europe. He reviews the wines of Burgundy, Champagne, Germany and Italy.

Harvey Steiman
Harvey Stieman is the author of Essentials of Wine and the former food and wine editor of the Examiner in San Francisco. He has been writing for Wine Spectator since 1983 and currently covers the regions of Australia, Oregon and Washington.

Dana Nigro
Dana Nigro is the managing editor of WineSpectator.com and oversees global coverage of breaking news for both the magazine and the website. She joined Wine Spectator in 1998 as news editor.

WINE ENTHUSIAST Up

Wine Enthusiast Magazine was founded in 1988 by Wine Enthusiast Companies which is one of the largest sources for wine accessories, storage, information, education, and events and travel. The magazine was founded to provide consumers with vital information from the wine world as well as wine reviews. It has become one of the largest wine publications focused exclusively on wine and spirits in the world.

Wine Enthusiast Rating System


Wine Enthusiast's Critics

Susan Kostrzewa
Susan Kostrzewa joined Wine Enthusiast in 1996 as Executive Editor and has co-edited the Wine Enthusiast Wine & Food Pairings Cookbook. She is responsible for the wine regions of Greece and Cyprus.

Joe Czerwinkski
Joe Czerwinkski serves as the Tasting Director and Senior Editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. He is responsible for reviewing wines from France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Roger Voss
Roger is an accomplished wine writer, authoring books including France: A Feast of Food and Wine; The Wines of the Loire, Pocket Guide to the Wines of the Loire, Alsace and Rh?ne; and Fortified Wines. Based in Bordeaux, Roger is responsible for reviewing the wines of Austria, France and Portugal.

Monica Larner
Monica Larner is an accomplished author, winery owner and sommelier. She has written books including In Love in Italy and Living, Studying and Working in Italy. She is responsible for reviewing the wines of Italy.

Steve Heimoff
Steve Heimoff is the author of both A Wine Journey along the Russian River and New Classic Winemakers of California: Conversations with Steve Heimoff. He is the west coast editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine and reviews virtually all wines from California.

Michael Schachner
Michael Schachner is a New York based wine journalist specializing in wine, food and travel as well as a wine consultant and professional speaker. He is responsible for the wine reviews of Spain and South America.

Paul Gregutt
Paul Gregutt is the author of Washington Wines & Wineries : the Essential Guide and is a contributing writer to the Seattle Times, Yakima Herald-Republic, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and Spokane Spokesman Review. He is responsible for reviewing wines from the Pacific Northwest.

WINE & SPIRITS Up

Wine & Spirits Magazine is a leading wine publication rating wines on a 100-Point scale since 1994. They employ a lengthy ratings process which starts with a blind tasting panel to screen the top 20% to 30% of wines submitted. The noteworthy selections are then assessed by the evaluation critic and assigned a final rating.

Robert Mondavi , Robert Mondavi Winery
"Wine & Spirits is doing a great job educating people about wine; something I know about. It helps both the trade and the consumer to make informed decisions—I think it's a must for distributors, retailers, restaurateurs and anyone interested in wine."

Jancis Robinson, Wine Writer, Editor of The Oxford Companion to Wine
"America's Wine & Spirits Magazine is the best source of information about Chilean wine in the English–make that any–language."

Wine & Spirits Rating System


The Wine Advocates' Critics

Robert Parker, Jr.
A former lawyer, Robert Parker is arguably the world's most influential wine critic based in Baltimore, MD. The only wine writer to be awarded the highest Presidential Honors by two French presidents and one Italian president.

Antonio Galloni
Italian wine expert who founded The Piedmont Report in 2004, an in-depth newsletter covering wines from Italy's regions and producers, until joining the Wine Advocate team in 2006. Antonio is responsible for covering wines from Italy, California, Champagne, Chablis, and C?te d'Or.

David Schildknecht
Since the beginning of his career as a wine merchant, David has contributed to such well-known publications as International Wine Cellar and Wine & Spirits. He has been a James Beard Award finalist for his wine journalism and a contributing writer to the Oxford Companion to Wine. David currently covers the wines of Germany, Loire, Beaujolais and Macconais, Eastern US, Austria, Eastern Europe, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Jura.

Jay Miller
A former Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Jay Miller began his wine career as a consultant for a Baltimore, MD wine merchant to later become a part time assistant to Robert Parker in 1985. Jay is responsible for covering the regions of Oregon, Washington, South America and Spain.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Having achieved the prestigious Master of Wine qualification, Lisa's experience includes working as a buyer for one of Japan's top fine wine importers. She currently covers wines from Australia and New Zealand.

Neal Martin
Neal was the founder of wine-journal.com, an independent website with a following of 100,000 readers capturing tasting notes of the world's wines. He currently covers wines of South Africa and serves as a "Critic-at-Large" with overlapping coverage in all areas.

Mark Squires
A lawyer by training, Mark Squires has been teaching wine courses for over fifteen years. He also founded a website in 1995 with a popular feature called Bulletin Board, which is now housed at eRoberParker.com. He is responsible for the Bulletin Board and covering the wine regions of Israel, Greece and Portugal.

INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR Up

Founded by Stephen Tanzer in 1985, International Wine Cellar is a bi-monthly wine publication rating and reviewing over 10,000 wines annually. He was the wine columnist for Food & Wine magazine as well as for Forbes FYI. Among his publications is Food & Wine Magazine's Official Wine Guide as well as The WineAccess Buyer's Guide

"Stephen Tanzer is thoroughly reliable…"
Jancis Robinson, The Oxford Companion to Wine

"For wine advice, I only consult Stephen Tanzer…"
David Rosengarten, Host, TV Food Network

"Exceptionally informative…"
Robert Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate

International Wine Cellar Rating System


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