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September 2005
Book Review
The Emperor of Wine: The Rise of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and The Reign of American Taste, by Elin McCoy
by Mort Hochstein
Back in the late seventies, there were just a smattering of publications and newsletters covering the wine business. A few newspapers, particularly those in vineyard regions, carried wine columns. In California, the late Bob Morrissey was publishing a tabloid called Wine Spectator and paid writers like me $50 an article. Several people, just a step above hobbyists, were turning out newsletters and barely scraping along. Morrissey sold his paper to Marvin Shanken, and the far-sighted marketing...
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