A Letter from Robert Parker and a Prize

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Contest, Prize, Robert Parker
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.

A Sante.

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I am not a professional wine taster, nor do I have any professional training in the wine trade. I am a wine enthusiast who has spent countless hours tasting wines of many different styles. My palate is not aligned with a single wine critic, and I call all wines "as I taste them". My site is a source of tasting notes and wine recommendations as well as warnings without conflict of interest. You'll just have to figure out how your palate aligns with mine. My palate generally tends to veer towards Old-World wines that put a premium on terroir and lovely balance and finesse, rather than raw power...please keep that in mind as you read my notes.

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