If you had told me years ago that I would get a letter and a prize from Robert Parker, I’d have laughed you out of the building. But this week, that’s exactly what happened.
A few weeks ago, I entered a contest that RP sponsored on eBob. The idea was to write a 250 word essay on what might be driving discord in the wine industry. My submission along with about 25-30 more, won a pair of hand-blown Italian Brunello glasses.
Don’t get me wrong…the glasses are nice, but the letter from RP is worth more to me in many ways since it validates the extreme effort I have given to the hobby of wine. From the early days of reading eBob for hours each night, to the tasting groups I used to run, to the wine tasting trips in Europe I took, to writing this blog nowadays.
It is incredibly gratifying to think that one of the most widely read wine critics in the world saw value in my opinion on the state of the industry.
Here’s the letter:
And here’s the prize:
Here’s to another few decades of learning and writing about wine.