Robert Parker admits his influence on wine world is "on the wane"
US wine critic Robert Parker has admitted to Wine Future Hong Kong that his star may be on "wane" but that his influence has always been greatly over played.
In a press conference prior to his public tasting tomorrow Parker was in relaxed mood telling journalists that he was now just a "fat old happy Buddha" who they could come to for some "wisdom".
He insisted his image as an the all powerful wine critic was always "exaggerated" and that it had made a good story to describe him as some sort of "tyrant" that you build up and then knock down. "I never thought I was as influential as some people thought I was," he said. He agreed it was probably a good thing that his influence was "now on the wane".
He doubted there would be any single person that would be seen to have as much influence on the wine world in the future due to the internet. There could be individuals who are seen as the expert for a particular country, but the "perfect storm" that heralded his rise to global influence, namely no internet or international wine critics, would not be seen again.
He would, however, continue to follow and score Bordeaux and Rhone wines in the future and be quite happy if people were still interested in what he had to say about those areas.
"I have been doing this for 33 years and I still have the passion and the enthusiasm that I have always had. I am driven to do the best job that I can."
He wished he could be starting his career now such is the depth and diversity of wines available compared to when he first started out. "It would be so exciting," he claimed, compared to the few wines from countries like Argentina available in the United States in his early days.
He said he hoped the high prices surrounding recent Bordeaux vintages "had now run their course". "For all the things that have been written about me I am a consumer of wine and drink wine every day" and that it was not in his desire to see prices out of touch with the market.