Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Upheaval in Parker's Domaine

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According to recent news reports, Wine Advocate staffers, Pierre Rovani and Daniel Thomases, will soon be leaving the publication founded and owned by wine critic Robert Parker. Rovani, Parker's supposed "heir apparent", who worked for a wine retailer at the time Parker recruited him in 1996, is said to be weary of his career as a wine critic and is yearning to return to the wine trade.

Since news of the staff changes broke out, the grapevine has been rife with speculation. So what's next for the Wine Advocate? Who will Parker recruit as replacements? Will he just retire and sell the publication? Is a merger in the cards, possbily with Allen Meadows' Burghound or Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar?

Stay tuned.

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