The giant Michelin Tire empire (who also owns the prestigious Michelin restaurant guides), just announced its purchase of 40% of Robert Parker’s renown Wine Advocate and its website RobertParker.com. Parker, who founded the publication in 1978, sold it in 2012 to a group of Singapore investors.
Robert Parker’s reviews and ratings help make or break wineries all over the world, as well as set global wine prices. An East Coast attorney by trade, Parker left the legal world in 1984 to concentrate full-time on rating wine. France awarded him the Legion of Honor in 1999 to recognize his unprecedented impact on French wine. Although he is no longer the Editor of the powerful publication he birthed, Parker is still considered the most powerful wine critic on the globe.
The marriage of the Wine Advocate and Michelin will surely effect the international culinary scene. Just how is yet to be known, however, the two have been partnering for the last year to produce gastronomic events in Singapore.