Robert Parker tops list of 100 most influential people in U.S. wine industry

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IntoWine.com, an interactive wine website based in San Francisco, recently published its first annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry.

The list, which includes winemakers, lawmakers, bankers, bloggers, sommeliers and celebrities, was complied by surveying a wide range of wine industry professionals.

The site ranked wine critic Robert Parker as the most influential person in the U.S. wine industry. Parker developed a 100-point rating system for wines, based on their appearance, aroma, flavor, and overall quality. IntoWine.com said Parker had more influence than any other single critic in the last three decades.

The wine critic James Laube came in second on the list. Laube has written for the for the Wine Spectator since 1980 and has also published a number of books about wine.

The merchandise manager for wine, spirits and beer at Costco, Annette Alvares-Peters, took third place. IntoWine.com noted that Costco is the largest beverage alcohol retailer in the U.S.

Fourth place went to Gina Gallo, the winemaker for E. & J. Gallo Winery, the the world’s largest family-owned winery.

Wayne Chaplin took fifth place. He the president of Southern Wine & Spirits, the nation’s largest wine distributor.

“This is our first annual IntoWine.com ‘Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S. Wine Industry’ list. This list is designed to help educate our readers -and all wine enthusiasts- on the influential work being done by so many wine industry professionals right here in America,” said Brad Prescott, Founder of IntoWine.com.

“The U.S. wine industry has grown substantially in terms of sheer production and global credibility in just a few decades. We are delighted to acknowledge those people who have been such key influencers.”

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