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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

May 13, 2014 10:00 ET

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Welcomes Notable German Reviewer Stephan Reinhardt While Bidding Farewell to David Schildknecht

Renowned Writer Reinhardt to Take on Wines of Germany, Austria & More

MONKTON, MD--(Marketwired - May 13, 2014) - With a touching farewell to one of Wine Advocate's long-standing wine critics, Robert Parker, founder of the world's finest wine guide, announced that David Schildknecht will leave the publication on July 1. Replacing him is German wine expert and acclaimed author Stephan Reinhardt.

"I have the highest professional respect for David. His talent is exceptional, and he will be greatly missed," said Parker. "It's never easy replacing any of our writers, but we believe Stephan is a great addition to the team as a native and recognized authority on German wine."

Born in Germany, Reinhardt established a world-wide reputation as a leading wine reviewer. Most recently, he penned The Finest Wines of Germany, which was quickly shortlisted as "Best International Wine Book of Year" by the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers' Award. He also co-authored Wein spricht deutsch, a 720-page monster book on the wines of Germany, Austria, Alsace, Alto Adige and Switzerland. Reinhardt was editor-in-chief of Vinum, a 10-issue magazine distributed in Zurich/Switzerland, Germany and Austria, and Weinwisser, a Swiss/German wine newsletter. He's written stories for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine; a handful of German daily newspapers; and lifestyle magazines including Der Feinschmecker, Falstaff and Fine -- das Weinmagazin. His wine-writing career began when he translated Oz Clarke's Wine Encyclopedia while studying and teaching theatre science at Munich University and selling wine in the evenings at a local wine shop. Reinhardt is passionate about Riesling, Port and Pinot Noir, loves music (especially jazz), travel and soccer. He lives with his family near Hamburg, Germany.

"I am excited to be writing for one of the greatest wine journals in the world," said Reinhardt. "I have the deepest respect for Robert Parker and the Wine Advocate and am thrilled to be joining his esteemed team of world-renowned reviewers."

Reinhardt will be covering the wines of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as Alsace, Champagne and the Loire Valley. Other regions covered by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate team include:

  • Robert Parker: Northern California, Bordeaux, California Retrospectives, Bordeaux Retrospectives, Value Wines
  • Neal Martin: Burgundy's Cote d'Or, Macon, Beaujolais, Chablis, sweet white wines of Bordeaux, South Africa, Port, Madeira & Banyuls
  • Mark Squires: Dry table wines of Portugal, Israel, Greece, Romania, Lebanon and Bulgaria
  • Lisa Perrotti-Brown: Australia, New Zealand
  • Jeb Dunnuck: Rhone Valley (North & South), Central & Southern California, Washington State, Languedoc-Roussillon, Southern France
  • Monica Larner: Italy
  • Luis Gutierrez: Spain, Chile, Argentina

News regarding a new reviewer for Oregon will be announced shortly.

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