Wine newsletter caught in ethics debate

Robert M. Parker, Jr., publisher of the influential newsletter Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate , champions ethical behavior, forbidding wine owners from paying for any of his travel to wineries. However, some of Parker’s writers for the newsletter have not held themselves to that same standard. “News of such activities, reported last month on a wine blog called Dr. Vino, have captivated wine enthusiasts and triggered a fierce online debate about ethics at Mr. Parker’s 31-year-old newslett…

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