Robert M. Parker, Jr. has officially confirmed that Pierre-Antoine Rovani and Italian wine expert Daniel Thomases are leaving Parker’s The Wine Advocate. He confirms a new team will help expand coverage 30 to 50 percent in areas that, according to him, have been short-changed because of a lack of personnel. Much of the new writing will appear online at eRobertParker.com.
Two new writers have been added to the staff: Antonio Galloni, Dr. J. Miller and Mark Squires. Antonio Galloni reviews the wines of Piedmont in his newsletter, the Piedmont Report, and will cover those wines plus all major wine producing areas of Italy.
Dr. J. Miller, with whom Parker has tasted wine for nearly 25 years, will join full-time to cover the Pacific Northwest, Spain, Australia and South America as well as the fortified wines of Portugal.
Also, a shift from part-time status to full-time coverage for David Schildknecht, who covers German, Austrian, Central European, Eastern and Midwestern U.S. wines. The critic will now also cover Alsace, Burgundy, the Loire Valley and the Languedoc-Roussillon. He will also be responsible for Champagne, New Zealand and South Africa.
Finally, Mark Squires, the host of the Parker’s bulletin board, will review the dry wines of Portugal and perhaps more.
Parker himself will focus on Bordeaux, and California, the Rhône Valley and Provence.
He adds that he expects all of the staff to be even more active on the Mark Squires Bulletin Board that appears on the eRobertParker.com web site and intends to add a critic-at-large without the American perspective that now dominates the site.
In addition, Parker says he will release a new wine management program called “My Wines” at the end of the year.
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