Key Bordeaux Wine Critics
Robert Parker Jr.
Founder of the highly influential publication, The Wine Advocate, Parker originally practised as an Attorney, Senior Attorney and later an Assistant General Counsel for the Farm Credit Banks of Baltimore. He began writing about wine and developing his own "independent consumer's guide" due to a lack of reliable information on wine quality around at the time. Today, his notes and scores are arguably the most significant influence on wine consumer's buying habits across the world. He has recently retired.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Antonio grew up in a family that appreciated good food and wine. A keen musician in his youth, he went on to study music at Berklee College of Music during which time he developed an understanding of wine and how to recognise its different qualities. Galloni joined The Wine Advocate as the Italian wine critic in 2006, then for Champgane in 2008. He soon became the lead critic, having authored one third of the reviews published by The Wine Advocate in 2012. He left in 2013 to start Vinous, and continues to tailor public events, such as seminars, tastings and charity dinners.
A frequent visitor to both Bordeaux and the Loire since 1993, Chris Kissack started publishing thewinedoctor.com in 2000, focusing on these regions. He is a regular at the annual en primeur tastings and is known for publishing some of the most detailed notes in history! He later reviews the wines at two, four and ten years of age, providing valuable knowledge and guidance to drinkers and investors alike.
After a successful stint running a sales team for a fast-growing computer business in the late 90's, Gavin and his wife Angela left the buzz of London living to run a vineyard and winery near Bordeaux. He has been tasting the top wines of Bordeaux from barrel since 2000, and again when bottled for top UK trade magazine, Harpers Wine & Spirit, as well as reporting for Jancis Robinson and Liv-ex.
Having grown up on a farm in rural Indiana, Jeb Dunnuck inititally trained as an aerospace engineer. It was only when travelling through Europe in 1996 and beyond that he became interested in fine wine. He started writing for The Wine Advocate in 2013, and was described as a younger version of himself by Robert Parker Jr. In 2017 Jeb launched his own publication covering wines from California, Washington, Southern France and Bordeaux, as well as seeking out new discoveries from around the world.
A self taught wine enthusiast who has been tasting, collecting and travelling to wine regions in France and America for over 20 years, Jeff Leve founded and manages The Wine Cellar Insider, which offers more than 19,000 exclusive wine tasting notes and ratings. He has given speeches on wine and also writes about Bordeaux and the wine market for various publications, as well as private consulting for numerous restaurants, merchants and private collectors alike.
The Molesworth family entertained often and had a love of wine, and after graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amhurst, James landed his first job with a wine retailer, where he later became cellarmaster and then sommelier at the '21' Club. He is now the lead taster for California Cabernet, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley and Loire Valley for Wine Spectator, and was promoted to senior editor in 2004. He regularly travels to Napa, Bordeaux and Rhone to taste and visit wineries.
Born in 1955 in the Chateauneuf du Pape appellation, Quarin's grandparents and parents were vinegrowers. In keeping with his family values, Jean-Marc decided to take a wine appreciation course and studied at the University of Bordeaux, later writing a dissertation on teaching people how to taste. He has now written over 10,000 pages about Bordeaux wines, and his database contains more than 35,000 tasting reviews.
Lisa's career in wine happened by chance after being offered a job in a wine bar in London. She was keen to enrol for WSET classes and continued her studies with them until achieving the highest accreditation level possible there. She was awarded her MW in 2008 and became Editor-in-Chief for Robert Parker in 2013, where she remains the publication's critic for the wines of Australia and New Zealand.
Neal's career in wine began over 20 years ago working for a Japanese import company specialising in Bordeaux and Burgundy. He gained first-hand knowledge of wines and winemakers from visiting both regions regularly, and in 2003 stared his own website, Wine Journal. Its popularity prompted Robert Parker to ask him to join The Wine Advocate in 2006, where he eventually took over responsibility for coverage of Bordeaux and Burgundy. Today joins Antonio Galloni at Vinous, with expanding coverage of Bordeaux and Burgundy, as well as South Africa and New Zealand.
Roderick came in to wine through a Christmas job at Oddbins whilst studying at the Chelsea School of Art. It was around this point that he realised that "wine for a living and pictures as a hobby", was a more secure, affordable and rewarding than the other way round. He completed his MW in 2005 and establised the Riveria Wine Academy since, offering wine education, entertainment, consultancy and advice to residents and visitors of Cote d'Azue and beyond.