Robert M. Parker, Jr., one of the most influential experts in the wine world, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, on July 23, 1947. He enjoyed a diverse education at the Univerity of Maryland, where he graduated with honors, majoring in History. He then attended the University of Maryland law school until 1973, after which he began a 10 1/2 year long career as an attorney. He eventually became an Assistant General Councelman for the Farm Credit Banks of Baltimore, a job he gave up on March 1984 to, you guessed it, focus on wine writing.
His interest in wine began when he spent his Christmas vacation in Alsace, France. He initially went there to visit a girlfriend (now his wife for over 27 years) at the University of Strasbourg.
Today, The bi-monthly Wine Advocate has over 50.000 subscribers from all over the world. Experts agree that The Wine Advocate has a significant impact on wine consumer’s purchasing habits, including but not limited to the United States.
In addition to his work at the Wine Advocate, he is also a contributing editor for "Food and Wine Magazine", "Business Week" and periodically for the magazine “The Field”. On top of that, he was the only non-French wine critic for France’s L’Express magazine.
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