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Robert Parker Wine Advocate background
The Robert Parker Wine Advocate journal has been providing wine buyers with unbiased information for more than 38 years. Readers have come to rely on the publication's expert guide to making the best choices when buying wines for occasions such as special dinner events. The approach centers on quality of product and the enjoyment it leads to, which is crucial to appreciating good food in general. Well-known gourmet Robert Parker writes in the Hedonist Gazette and at RobertParker.com about his dining experiences and the wines he enjoys. The Wine Advocate organizes special events involving culinary talent and wine-pairing programs.
Robert Parker Wine Advocate – expert host
"Matter of Taste" events are organized all over the world by Robert Parker Wine Advocate, the most recent being in Switzerland where the focus was on wines of the Rhone Valley. Last year saw the "Matter of Taste Hong Kong 2016", plus dinners in Catalunya featuring Spanish wines, and Petrus in France where Bordeaux wines were enjoyed.
Interesting wine-tasting tips
Make sure your palate is well rested before starting. Avoid a heavy lunch or strong-flavored ingredients such as ginger, garlic or chili, which could affect your perception. Mint is right out, so beware of toothpaste. Advice for ladies is to avoid wearing a strong perfume.

When served wine, take a few sips and twirl in the glass to help aeration and release of aromas. This is when you analyze flavor and make a mental note of character. Then you can simply enjoy it with the food and see how they pair.

Always be ready to explore. Pairing wines is like cooking, because after a few basic guidelines, a lot is left to your personal preference as to how flavors should be combined. You will also discover how certain wines "grow on you", and how others suddenly "reveal themselves" once paired with certain foods.