Wine revolution’s coming! Robert Parker, up against the wall!

May 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

My wine column this week in the Portland Press Herald is a doozy of a twofer. You get a celebration of the glories of Washington state terroir, via the fascinating wines of Hedges. It’s just so refreshing to find domestic wine producers who get it — who are humble enough to understand their role as curators at the museum that is the Earth. (And refreshing to taste such delicious wines!). The second part of the “twofer” is the manifesto-y part about Score Revolution, the Hedges-inspired burgeoning political movement devoted to the dismantling, discouragement and disapproval of the 100-point wine-scoring system as practiced by Robert Parker and acolytes.

Any blog calling itself the “soul of wine” had better damn put the money in the same room with the mouth. Scores are for sporting events, not for eternal things like mountains, lovers’ eyes, lakes, Bach, Mark Rothko, Albert Ayler, Saul Bellow, Virginia Woolf or wine. Check out the article as well as Score Revolution and see if you agree.

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