Parker ‘dictator’: Johnson (Decanter)

July 27, 2005
Adam Lechmere

Robert Parker is a ‘dictator of taste’ and an absolutist, wine guru Hugh Johnson writes in his latest book.

Johnson weighs into the debate over the different styles of British and American criticism in his autobiographical Wine: A Life Uncorked, which is published later this year.

He makes an explicit comparison between the ‘imperial’ style of the current US government and the style of Parker – who is considered the world’s most influential wine critic – suggesting that both tend towards the dominant.