Abbe Baker is the digital editor for Wine Journal as well as the United States of the MICHELIN Guide digital platform. Always on the move, Abbe is either seeking out the next good eats or running long distances—both of which merit a fine glass of wine immediately following. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @abbelew.
Erin Brooks is a Certified Sommelier and wine journalist. Born and raised in North Carolina, she moved to New Mexico to attend the College of Santa Fe where she graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing and Politics. During her time in New Mexico, she became involved in the service industry and fell in love with wine. She spent a decade in service, accruing experience as a restaurant manager, sommelier and wine director. In 2015 Erin relocated to the Napa Valley where she worked for some of the most revered Michelin-rated restaurants in the US, including Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro, La Toque and the three-Michelin star The Restaurant at Meadowood, before joining the team at Robert Parker Wine Advocate as a reviewer in 2017.
Erin’s passion for wine has led her on a journey through two different wine certification programs, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) and the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS). She is currently enrolled in the WSET Diploma program and is also pursuing the Advanced Sommelier credential through the CMS. She is the recipient of the Walter Clore Scholarship, the André Tchelistcheff Advanced Course Scholarship and the Bonaccorsi Advanced Exam Scholarship. In 2018 she achieved the WSET Level 3 Award in Sake, continuing her exploration of the beverages of the world. To see what she’s been drinking, follow her on Instagram (@joiedevino)
Joe Czerwinski is the Managing Editor of Robert Parker Wine Advocate and the reviewer of wines from Australia, New Zealand and Southern France. He spent more than 18 years at Wine Enthusiast, moving through a succession of positions—senior editor, tasting director and managing editor—before joining the team here in 2017. He’s visited New Zealand regularly to research stories since 2000 and has judged the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and Marlborough Wine Show. Joe took part in the latest edition of Penfolds Rewards of Patience, tasting every vintage of Grange ever produced, and he followed that up with a complete vertical of Henschke’s Hill of Grace. He’s spoken at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape and Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration. Joe lives in the New York City suburbs with his wife and two children. His hobbies include ice hockey—he’s played since he was five years old—and fly fishing, a more recently acquired passion.
R.H. Drexel is the pen name for a wine business insider who has worked in nearly every sector of the wine industry for the last 30 years. In 2012, Drexel published the first issue of Loam Baby, her wine culture zine, which garnered favorable reviews from Los Angeles Times, Punch, Imbibe, Wine & Spirits, Food & Wine, among others, for its irreverent cartoons, in-depth articles and anachronistic approach to wine journalism. Drexel continues to publish Loam Baby, and is also freelance writer and regular contributor to Wine Journal.
Luis Gutiérrez has been reviewing the wines from his homeland, Spain, as well as Chile and Argentina, for Robert Parker Wine Advocate since early 2013. Since late 2015, he has also taken charge of reviewing wines from the tiny Jura in France. He likes to walk the vineyards to understand the wines and enjoys the local culture and gastronomy during his trips. He also likes to snap the landscape and winemakers, write long articles and provide the context for what’s in the bottle. Luis comes from a technical background unrelated to wine and has turned his passion into his life.
Aaron Hutcherson is the social media manager for Robert Parker Wine Advocate and an editor for the MICHELIN Guide digital platform. An accomplished cook, Aaron can most often be found creating dishes in his own kitchen or exploring new restaurants in search of a great meal.
Marguerite Imbert writes about restaurants and global food trends for Wine Journal, the MICHELIN Guide website and elsewhere. The New Yorker and foodie enjoys writing and testing recipes and encourages everyone to cook without them.
William Kelley developed a love of wine while studying at Oxford, where he presided over the University's prestigious Wine Circle for three years while completing a doctorate in history. After a stint covering Burgundy for Decanter magazine and working harvests in both California and the Côte d'Or, he made the happy move to The Wine Advocate in 2017. Today, he reviews the wines of Burgundy, Champagne, Madeira and English Sparkling Wine.
Una Vita diVino is a video travelogue that seeks to bring color and context to the wines of Italy. The grape is this country’s single greatest storyteller. It faithfully delivers a narrative of diversity, territory and tradition. Join Monica as she explores the Italian winescape. Using the grape as her guide, she seeks out the miscellaneous and unexpected subplots buried deep beneath the hyperbole and lifestyle clichés associated with her adopted home. These are the real faces, places, festivals, street foods and random cultural idiosyncrasies Monica encounters while traveling the wine trail as Italian Reviewer for Robert Parker Wine Advocate.
Per raccontare il vino italiano, bisogna prima capire l’Italia del vino.
To tell the story of Italian wine, one must first understand the Italy of wine.
A veteran sommelier of 35 years in the hospitality, wine and media industries, Curtis Marsh has traveled extensively throughout the world's vineyard regions and Asia. Having lived in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore over the last three decades, he now resides in his hometown of Wellington, New Zealand. His evolution from restaurant floor to wine industry to writing has been organic and perhaps like a cricketer, when too slow between the wickets, commentating was the inevitable outcome. He became a columnist for the Hong Kong Standard and Asia Sentinel, as well as Asia correspondent for Thomson Reuters—all eventually leading to his own popular blog of disordered thoughts and intoxications, The Wandering Palate.
He is an ardent All Blacks supporter and patriotic Kiwi with a worrying obsession for rearing and cooking ducks moreover, a Pinot Noir tragic and lives by his theorem “Life is filling in time between meals...and a meal without wine could only be breakfast.”
Anthony Maxwell was born in South Africa and brought up in France before moving to the U.K. at the age of 12. After graduating from university, he worked for the Foreign Office in Geneva and the International Federation of Wines and Spirits in Paris. He then worked for John Armit Wines for eight years, running their trading department and private client sales department before joining Liv-ex in 2005.
Anthony Mueller is an advanced sommelier and wine presenter with more than 20 years of experience in the food and wine industry. Born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona, he has worked at some of the finest restaurants in the country. In 2016, he was named "Sommelier of the Month" by Food & Beverage magazine. Mueller is an experienced wine judge, presenter and educator and has judged wine competitions in California, Washington, Nevada and Arizona. He has lectured at wine events across the US, alongside the industry’s best and brightest. He relocated to Napa in 2014 to continue his pursuit of becoming the world's next "double master"—studying to achieve both the Master Sommelier and Master of Wine diplomas. In 2019, he joined Robert Parker Wine Advocate as a reviewer, excited to share his passion for identifying the world's best wines and presenting them to consumers. When not drinking Sherry, Mueller enjoys riding his motorcycle, cooking and mixology in his kitchen. He is an avid admirer of the arts, traveling, culture and loves to experience new and exciting adventures.
Born in Alba, in Italy's Piedmont, Umberto Muó has worked in Italian wine for 12 years, specifically in the areas of Langhe and Roero that include the Barolo and Barbaresco appellations. His passions are wine, food, beer, cocktails and fitness in no particular order of importance. For the past six years, Umberto has played an important role to set up and assist during the Robert Parker Wine Advocate official tastings of Piedmont wines.
Robert M. Parker, Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 23, 1947. An honors graduate of the University of Maryland, with a major in History, and a minor in Art History, he attended the University of Maryland Law School, graduating in 1973. For ten and one half years he was an Attorney, a Senior Attorney, and later an Assistant General Counsel for the Farm Credit Banks of Baltimore. On March 9, 1984 he resigned his position as Assistant General Counsel to devote full attention to wine writing.
Born and raised in rural Maine, USA, Lisa graduated from Colby College with degrees in English Literature and Performing Arts. Her wine career began by happenstance when, living as a struggling playwright in London after college, she was offered a job as the manager of a wine bar. She then worked at various roles in the UK wine trade until moving to Tokyo in 2002 and Singapore in 2008. In 2008, she began writing for eRobertParker.com and later that year achieved her Master of Wine (MW) qualification with the Madame Bollinger Medal for excellence in wine tasting. In 2013, she became the Editor in Chief for Robert Parker Wine Advocate and RobertParker.com and remains the publication’s critic for the wines of Australia and New Zealand. In 2015, Lisa’s first book, Taste Like a Wine Critic: A Guide to Understanding Wine Quality, was published. In June of that year, she moved to Napa, California, to set up a new office for Robert Parker Wine Advocate. She now lives in Napa with her British husband, two young daughters and their mad Border Collie.
Stephan Reinhardt, a 1967 vintage, is our German reviewer for the wines of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Alsace, Champagne and the Loire valley. After his first job as lecturer for theater arts at the university in Munich, he worked as a freelance theater and music critic before he started writing about wine in the late 1990s. Stephan contributed to prestigious German newspapers and magazines, as well as for The World of Fine Wine. He is one of the authors of Stuart Pigott’s 700-page book Wein spricht deutsch (Scherz, 2007) and is author of The Finest Wines of Germany (UCP, 2012), which was nominated as Best International Wine Book of the Year by Louis Roederer in 2013. Against all Germany clichés, Stephan drinks Champagne instead of beer, but also loves Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, traditional Barolo and Riojas, or in a few words—wines with mouthwatering acidity. Since May 2014, he has worked exclusively for Robert Parker Wine Advocate. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter (@weinwunder) and Instagram.
Former wine instructor, former lawyer, former wine blogger (from an era when the term wasn't used) … and current full-time wine critic. In 2006, Mark began covering Portugal for Robert Parker Wine Advocate. His portfolio eventually expanded to Greece, Israel, Lebanon, Port, Cyprus, much of Eastern and "other" Europe (Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Croatia, Albania) and Eastern USA (including Virginia and New York). Mark loves the excitement of emerging regions—watching the birth of something new and helping people discover what is there.
Rachel Tan a digital editor for the MICHELIN Guide Singapore. A former food magazine writer, she has a degree in communications for journalism but is a graduate of the school of hard knocks in the kitchen. When not at the keyboard, she might be found devouring food fiction or slaving over the stove with a kid on her hip. In the words of Anais Nin, she writes to taste life twice.
Melissa Vogt is a former Deputy Editor of The Wine Advocate. As a California native, she has always appreciated the bounty of the great Golden State, from restaurant and wine bar reviews, appellation profiles, winery spotlights, events and more. You can also follow her on Instagram, and visit her blog, Sonoma Momma.
Ron Washam is a recovering sommelier who writes the HoseMaster of Wine™ blog. While working as a sommelier in Los Angeles, he was named Sommelier of the Year twice, dominating the evening gown competition. He is also a professional wine judge, has written for many wine publications under his pseudonym "Name Withheld By Request," and in 2016 was short-listed for a Roederer Wine Writing Award, as well as a drone strike. Though he appears to be real, he is actually hollow chocolate.