Robert Parker

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Riedel: A Lesson in Silliness.

    If you haven't figured it out by now, demystifying wine and making it more accessible to more people is my raison d'etre here in my weekly Vine Geeks blog. Whether it be celebrating a new Arizona wine or taking aim at the outright hubris of the "big boys," I really just want more people to fall in l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Can Wine "Experts" Really Tell The Difference? Science Says No

    Winning a medal at a national wine competition means a lot. In fact, wineries often spend thousands of dollars on entry fees every year in hopes of taking one home. And according to a 2001 study, a one-point increase on the Robert Parker wine ratings can translate to 7 percent increase in price. To ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    Phoenix Cartoonist Doug Pike Finds Wine World Funny and Profitable

    He's not a grape geek per se, but local cartoonist Doug Pike knows a hell of a lot more about wine than the average recreational drinker. You might say he makes wine his business, given that he earns a nice chunk of change creating wine-centric cartoons for the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Forb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2012

    Chow Bella's 9 Most Dramatic Moments in the National Food (and Drink) Scene in 2012

    We'll soon be saying sayonara to 2012, and as media custom would have it, we're taking a look back at the culinary news that inspired us, enraged us, made us hungry or just gave us a good laugh. In the world of food and drink (and frankly, we don't care about much else here at Chow Bella), the most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2012

    Wine Regions 101: Sonoita/Elgin

    Welcome to Vine Geeks, where Brian Reeder and Pavle Milic of AZ Wine Merchants take the drinking game quite seriously. Pay attention -- you might just learn something. One of the consistent columns I'll be writing as the resident 'vine geek' will be about different wine regions around the state, n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Brick Owners Opening European/American Wine Bar in Sunnyslope Next Week

    Heinrich Stasiuk, owner of Brick, the gourmet pizzeria that opened last year in the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix, says Timo, his new restaurant opening next week in Sunnyslope, will take wine bars to the next level. "We're going to have a selection of over 30 wines by the glass," Stasiuk tell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Ryan Soranson at El Chorro Lodge

    ​Ryan Soranson was pouring drinks before he could even legally drink them -- Cartwright's in Cave Creek called him up to the big leagues behind the bar at the tender age of 20. The young 'un quickly proved that age is just a number, however, moving into a management position at the ranch hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    What Wine Myths Need to be Dispelled?

    UNCORK THE ISSUE: What wine myths need to be dispelled? SPILL THE JUICE: "In the number one place [of wine myths] is that price dictates quality," says Katherine Conrad, a wine goddess at Arcadia Fine Wine. "It is by far the biggest misnomer about wine: You don't have to pay a certain level of pric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Book Week: The Battle for Wine and Love

    ​Wine writer Alice Feiring's The Battle for Wine and Love: Or How I Save the World From Parkerization, my food-centric book club's latest pick, was a fitting summer read, serving up a lot of insider wine world info in the form of a personal narrative that sees the author visiting winemak ... More >>

  • News

    January 26, 2006

    After Shock

    Howard Stern's switch to satellite means a whole new world for Phoenix radio. And for me