I've been following, with some interest, the Vinography discussion of the alleged backlash against the critic many claim to ignore - Robert Parker. The backlash is evidenced by the results of the "Core Track Report," in which participants are asked if Parker influences their wine buying decisions. However, Alder posits that the last thing one would do to know how big of an influence Parker is - is ask someone directly.
In other words there's this little thing he calls the "Saying - Doing Gap." For example, many men (and I do think it's mainly men who act this way) would respond to the Parker question by saying, "Parker; ahhh. I don't listen to him. I select wine without his help, thank you." And if the guy happens to know a little bit more about wine, he might respond: "Parker favors those hedonistic fruit bombs. Me; I prefer wine with more balance." Of course, then the dude would proceed to open up his little wine notebook and begin snagging bottles rated '90' or higher by the Wine Advocate.
I think the solution is this. We need to provide these Parker-follower-deniers with the means to become really conspicuous so that they can be easily identified. To that end, I introduce the latest in Basic Juice schwag - the Critic-follower-denier tee:
You see, the follower-denier wants everyone to believe that he's a Parker detractor. But we all know he's simply in denial - with a stack of Wine Advocates under his bed.
And for further holiday wine schwag merriment, I also present the following:
Hey, I've been out of it for the last few days, I had to do something.
*The WineGoddess provided the inspiration for the wine cooler line