|The Lion in Winter: Robert Parker, by Sam Chin/Wall Street Journal|
I thought Parker would one day walk away from the "critic" part of his job, maybe to write a memoir. Parker works hard and always has; it's how he got to be the most powerful critic in the world.
He's not going to taste and rate Bordeaux barrel samples* anymore. But Parker said, "I have no intention of retiring. I will die on the road, or keel over in some winery. Retirement is a formula for death."
* Will the Bordelais stop making a special "RP" sample bottle, and give his replacement the actual wine?
He might be right. However, I'm never popular for bringing this up, but biologically, he is already past his peak as a critic.