Robert Parker Wine Advocate Announces New Reviewer & Expanded Coverage

Attention, Readers: It gives me great pleasure to introduce to you the newest member of our reviewer team: Anthony Mueller. An accomplished sommelier and presenter based in Napa Valley, Anthony comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in the food and wine industry. He has worked as a sommelier in some of the top restaurants in the U.S., including the three-Michelin-starred The French Laundry in Yountville, California, Tribute in Michigan and Tarbell's in Phoenix.

He holds numerous wine certifications, including the Advanced Sommelier certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Wine & Spirit Education Trust Level 3 Award in Wines, the Certified Specialist of Wine from the Society of Wine Educators and the Certified Sake Advisor certification from the Sake School of America. When he is not sparring with his friends in the sport of blind tasting, Mueller enjoys riding his motorcycle and exploring the beauty of Napa Valley. Although he has never been to culinary school, Mueller loves cooking elaborate meals in his small kitchen at home and preparing dishes made with ingredients grown from his home garden. Anthony will be taking over reviewer responsibility for the regions of Washington state and South Africa.

I would also like to take this opportunity to announce that Erin Brooks, our reviewer for Oregon, will be taking on more territory in the U.S.A.’s Pacific Northwest. Starting February 1st, Erin will be sharing the reporting of Sonoma County with me, focusing on the Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Zinfandels, while I will maintain responsibility for the Bordeaux varieties from this region. Erin will also take over the majority of the coverage of California Central Coast, while I will reassume some coverage of this vast area depending on grape/producer. And I will continue to cover all of Napa Valley and Bordeaux.

With the expansion of our reviewer team comes increased coverage of some of our most important regions and a few new regions to add to our world of wine reviews. William Kelley, who has already been doing an amazing job with stepping up our Burgundy coverage, has recently established a base for himself in Beaune and will be giving Burgundy even more love and attention beginning this year. He will also be taking over coverage of Champagne, English wines and Madeira. Meanwhile, Stephan Reinhardt, who had an overflowing plate of key regions, will be focusing even more of his attention now on coverage of Germany, Austria, Alsace, the Loire Valley and Switzerland.

The responsibilities of our other stellar reviewers—Joe CzerwinskiLuis GutiérrezMonica LarnerMark Squires and Liwen Hao—remain unchanged. Full details of areas of responsibility and bios for our entire reviewer team are available to view here.

Portrait courtesy of Joshua Moffitt. 

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