This year, there won't be any controversy when Robert Parker isn't inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. That's because Parker, the critic who invented the 100-point scoring system and is the most most important person in the wine business, wasn't nominated for the 2012 hall.
You'll recall that there was a stink last year when Parker, who was nominated for the 2011 and 2010 classes, wasn't chosen. I wrote then, and I still believe, that "keeping Parker out of the Vintners Hall is like keeping Babe Ruth out of the baseball Hall of Fame because you don't like home runs." The Wine Curmudgeon, who gets to vote, voted for Parker. But not enough of the other 73 voters did, and he wasn't one of the five inductees. Somehow, the others didn't think Parker was someone whose "collective vision, determination, and hard work have been responsible for the growth and worldwide prestige of the California wine industry."
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"My personal opinion is that I'd like to see Parker in the Vintners Hall," says Gray. "I think the Hall would be better off with him in it. Maybe a year off the ballot will help his chances, because there will be some public debate about him."
The irony is that there is a wine writer nominated this year, Bob Thompson. He was one of the first wine columnists in the U.S., writing for Sunset magazine and the San Francisco Examiner, and also published a variety of California-wine related books.
This year's ballot has 17 names, including Peter Mondavi Sr. I haven't decided yet who to vote for, save for Mondavi, but I'll post my ballot when I send it in. I don't think they'll let me write in Parker, though.