The Emperor of Wine
The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr., and the Reign of American Taste
By Elin McCoy
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060093693, 384pp.)
Publication Date: August 2006
This is the story of how an American lawyer raised on Coca-Cola caused a revolution in the way wines around the globe are made, sold, and talked about.
The world's most influential wine critic, Robert M. Parker, Jr., has dominated the international wine community for the last quarter century, embodying the triumph of American taste. Using Parker's story as a springboard, author Elin McCoy offers an authoritative and unparalleled insider's view of the eccentric personalities, bitter feuds, controversies, and secrets of the wine world. She explains how reputations are made and how and why critics agree and disagree, and she tracks the startling ways wines are judged, promoted, made, and sold -- while painting a fascinating portrait of a modern-day cultural colossus who revolutionized the way the world thinks about wine.
Award-winning journalist and international wine judge Elin McCoy has chronicled the world of wine for thirty years. She is the wine and spirits columnist for Bloomberg Markets, and a longtime contributing editor at Food & Wine. Her writings have also appeared in the New York Times, House & Garden, and many other publications.
“A riveting morality tale for our time.”
“…highly anticipated…The thoroughness of McCoy’s reporting is impressive…prodigious.”
-Los Angeles Times
“Emperor of Wine is a vibrant absorbing portrait...”
“...an extraordinay exploration of the Parker phenomenon...impeccably researched…”
“Scupulous and balanced...no wine book will receive more attention.”
-New York Times
“A fascinating analysis of Parker’s substantial influence...”
“A lively history”
-New York Times Book Review