Parker 'only wine critic' to get Spanish gong
- Wednesday 11 May 2011
In a ceremony last Wednesday in Madrid, government minister Rosa Aguilar gave the award to the influential wine writer.
The honour has not been bestowed on a wine critic before, according to Raphael Del Rey, director of the Observatorio Español del Mercado del Vino (OEMV).
Parker said on his bulletin board that he found the experience ‘surreal’.
‘I write about a beverage of pleasure, not about curing cancer, and to say it is humbling is to understate my sentiments and good fortune,’