After listening to Robert Parker and his team of esteemed wine tasting journalists, I have to admit I am now one of his fans. During the Q&A session, Mr. Parker explained that he is a child of the 60's (he is 68) and he grew up in normal Woodstock fashion. Somewhere along the way, wine seeped into his life and the rest is history.
Ralph Nader was a big influence on how Robert Parker would live his life. It translates, wine wise, as a champion of the little producer. That is how Mr. Parker has lived his past 38 years. He is a spokesman for the boutique producer. His staff, which he admits are more talented then he was at their age, travel the world after the smaller producers who produce iconic wines.
Today (February 20th) from 2pm-6pm, Robert Parker brings his 'matter of taste' show to the Mandarin Oriental in the Time Warner building at Columbus Circle. There will be over 180 wines to sample, all above 90+ points. If you are a member, entrance is $120, if not, $180, which equals to $1 per taste.
Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.a-matter-of-taste.com
I was fortunate enough to acquire a tasting book and this is what I found.
These are just a few of the wine with scores that will be poured today:
2012 Abreu Vineyards Madrona Ranch RP100
2009 Chateau Haut-Bailly RP100
2009 Chateau Leoville Poyferre RP100
2009 Chateau Pontet-Canet RP100
2010 Clarendon Hills Astralis Estate RP100
2013 Obsidian Vineyard Syrah RP98-100
2012 Lokoya Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder RP100
2012 Ermitage Pavillon RP100
2005 Verite La Joie RP100
Not too shabby!
In addition to the wines, three Master Classes will take place.
At noon: Harlan Estate, California's 'First Growth' (2 RP100 wines will be poured)
At 2pm: Lokoya, Scaling the Heights of Cabernet (3 RP100 wines will be poured)
At 4pm: A Century of Colheitas, The Jewel of Ports
Philip S. Kampe