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.
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 Magazine, Imbibe, Wine & Spirits, Food & Wine, Wine Spectator, 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. Drexel joins the Wine Journal as a regular contributor.
An aerospace engineer by training, Jeb Dunnuck grew up on a farm in rural Indiana where whole milk was the beverage of choice and wine was hard to come by. It wasn't until 1996, when living abroad and traveling through Europe, that he became interested in fine wine.
Gerald D. Facciani has authored numerous papers and studies dealing with longevity and mortality. He has served on the boards of many professional and educational organizations. As a consulting actuary, he has been certified by the U.S. Treasury Department, the American Academy of Actuaries and ASPA, and has provided consultancy to numerous public and private companies, financial institutions, government agencies, investment firms and other organizations. In June 2010, he and his wife Karen moved to New Haven, CT, where he matriculated at Yale Divinity School (YDS) as a full-time student. In May 2013, he graduated from YDS with a Masters Degree in Religion, incorporating into his curriculum courses not only from YDS, but also from Yale University and the Yale School of Management. After about 15 years of research, in October 2014 he published a book entitled The Drinkers Guide To Healthy Living.
Luis Gutiérrez has been reviewing the wines from his homeland, Spain, as well as Chile and Argentina, for Robert Parker's 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.
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's 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 Newspaper and Asia Sentinel, as well as Asia correspondent for Thomson Reuters—all eventually leading to his own popular blog of disordered thoughts and intoxications... essentially the 'wanderings' of delirium on the www.thewanderingpalate.com.
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.”
Neal Martin started his wine career as a buyer in 1996 before establishing his own site, the original Wine-Journal that ran between 2003 and 2006, continuing as a separate part of erobertparker.com from 2006—the year that he joined the Wine Advocate team at the request of Robert Parker. Having subsequently covered several countries for the publication, he now focuses on his specialist areas of Bordeaux, Burgundy, South Africa and Oregon. As stated on the homepage of the original Wine-Journal, he aims to be the entertaining thorn in the side of wine writing and that ethos has never changed. He apologizes for any grammatical or spelling errors in advance, likewise any abstruse cultural references, wistful reminisces, childish asides, expletives, nonsensical musings and mentioning of KFC.
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's 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's 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's 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.
Melissa Vogt is the Deputy Editor of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. As a California native, she has always appreciated the bounty of the great golden state. Now, with her WSET Advanced Certification and as a California Wine Appellation Specialist, she shares her insider perspective of life in California wine country. Join Melissa as she shows you what California wine country has to offer, featuring restaurant and wine bar reviews, appellation profiles, winery spotlights, events and more. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@MV_FoodDrink), and visit her blog at mvfooddrink.com.
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.