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November 16, 2006 | Joe Birtchings

You make good points, but i find it helpful to have a numerical score to judge a wine's quality on. With all of the wines out there, it is difficult for me to pick good ones.

November 16, 2006 | Ben Bicais

Joeb, you are right that it was very difficult to pick winners out of the thousands of wines made each year... hence the rise of Parker. But that is changing as we speak. With the advent of social networking websites and interactive blogs, the tools are beginning to fall into place that allow people to pick good wines based on the consensus of others with similar tastes, and not based on one person's opinion in a magazine.

December 13, 2006 | JJ Yarlott

I think Mr. Bicais is right.

December 13, 2006 | Jessica Diamond

Both have a point though, point scales are always convenient for people who dont know that much about wine.

January 6, 2007 | stephan schindler

It would probably be more accurate and fair to rate wines with just one to three stars (like many publications do) and have separate categories for varietals and/or wine regions, but when you go down this route you quickly end up diluting the main value of a guide which is to make complex decisions simple.

That's like the map on a scale of 1:1,- accurate but not very handy.

I think the success of Robert Parker is (partly) due to the fact that you can pick up his book and make a decision quickly and with some confidence.

If you don't share Parker's taste, then obviously his recommendations are not for you.

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