41 Kew Rd
Richmond TW9 2NQ
Parker Points are one of the most polarising concepts in wine appreciation. For some they give confidence in a wine, which could mean that quality is assured or a high price justified. For others they are a blight, that has fuelled the growth of over-ripe, over-alcoholic, over-oaked, over-priced wines that lack regional character and deter more nuanced discussion.
We will consider whether Robert Parker is being blamed for a trend that would have happened anyway (warmer climate + greater investment in vineyard and winery = riper grapes and bigger wines), and whether he should be celebrated as one of the first (and still very few) critics who always paid for his own wine, and who only judged wine on how it tastes (rather than the name on the label, or the appellation it came from).
Tim Syrad has 25 years experience of running wine tastings, and also runs the monthly Richmond and Teddington Wine Societies. He is a fervent advocate that wine is to be enjoyed without snobbery. Whether you are a complete novice or an experienced taster, there will be plenty to learn and enjoy.