No matter how apt, wine remarks can become clichéd. The challenge -- for writers aiming for a wide range of readers -- seems to lie in crafting crisp descriptions not laden with insider jargon. Wine writing need not be esoteric.
If you want to be a wine critic who remains relevant you might want to ditch the 100 point wine rating system now, lest you be stuck wearing the wine writing equivalent of acid-washed jeans and feathered hair a decade too late.
For the past couple of years, long before the news of him stepping away from reviewing California wines, people have been asking, "Who will be the next Robert Parker?" To which I would summarily answer, "Who will be the next Beatles?"