I get lots of newsletters from wine merchants, including some big names in USA, Europe and the UK. I don't buy a lot of wine from them, but I do enjoy keeping up with prices of wine around the world, especially new releases and futures. One thing that's easy to notice is how much these guys depend on Robert Parker to do their marketing. So that leads me to ask the question: Does Parker single-handedly determine what we buy, what we pay, and really, what we all want to drink? Lots of people think so, including many in a position to know. Tomas Clancy of Ireland's Sunday Business Post has written: "His (Parker) ratings, along with his florid tasting notes,…

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