The Wine Advocate is a bi-monthly wine publication established in 1978 by American wine critic Robert M. Parker, arguably the most influential wine critic in the world. Born and bred in Maryland, Parker spent 10 years working as a lawyer in Baltimore before making the full-time switch to wine writing in 1984. Today, a 100-point Parker score can make or break a wine brand.
The Wine Advocate newsletter first became known after Parker accurately predicted the high quality of the 1982 Bordeaux vintage. It soon became a standard reference for fine-wine consumers in the United States. The Wine Advocate is believed to have a profound effect both on prices and market demand for fine wines around the world, particularly those from Parker's preferred regions, particularly Napa Valley. See this list of Robert Parker 100-Point Wines.
In 2006 Parker chose a group of staff members to cover the majority of the world’s wine regions in his place, and generate wine scores. The Wine Advocate staff now includes Jeb Dunnuck, Luis Gutierrez, Monica Larner, Neal Martin, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, David Schildknecht and Mark Squires. In December 2012 Parker stepped back from his full-time position at The Wine Advocate, naming Lisa Perrotti-Brown as the publication's new editor-in-chief. He retired formally in 2019.
The Wine Advocate/Robert Parker 100-point wine-scoring scale:
- 96–100 – Extraordinary
- 90–95 – Outstanding
- 80–89 – Barely above average to very good
- 70–79 – Average
- 60–69 – Below average
- 50–59 – Unacceptable
Parker has famously tasted and scored some of the world's finest and most prestigious wines. He has certainly tasted the majority of the World's Most Expensive Wines. At the Wine Advocate's request, Wine-Searcher displays only those scores over 95 points. For the full set of all scores, visit the Wine Advocate website at www.robertparker.com.