Robert Parkers

Steve Bainbridge is excited about the release of the latest edition of Robert M. Parker’s book on wine tasting:

Parker’s Bordeaux is to claret lovers what the Baseball Encyclopedia is to sports fans – a monumental collection of esoteric data in which one can dip repeatedly with great delight.

That would make a good back cover blurb. Unfortunately, neither my palette nor my pocketbook would benefit from a book categorizing wine that gets much above the $10 a bottle range.

Amusingly, he also recommends installment #31 of Robert B. Parker’s “Spenser for Hire” series. I own most of these books–the first of which was published in 1973–and join Steve in recommending them highly. Coincidentally, Spenser fancies himself a gourmet cook and knows quite a bit about wine.

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  1. Brian J. says:

    Most? Most?

    I have them ALL and then some.

    Read ’em and weep.

    Granted, it’s a year or two out of date, but it illustrates the obsessive nature of the collection.

  2. R Gardner says:

    For wine, you really need to hit Trader Joes – there is one at Baily’s Crossroads near your new work, as you know. The Spanish “EC” at $8 is particularly excellent (orange and yellow label).

    Except for cooking wine, don’t buy the 2-buck Chuck ($3.29 in VA) – the La Boca (Argentina) for 3.49 is usually much better for a table wine.

  3. James Joyner says:

    I went there the other day but didn’t really know what I was looking for. I’ll check out hte “EC” and La Boca.