December 10, 2012 09:00 ET

The Wine Advocate and to Expand Offerings

Capital Infusion to Benefit Subscribers With New Features, Expanded Global Coverage and Improved Platform

MONKTON, MD--(Marketwire - Dec 10, 2012) - Wine collectors, connoisseurs and industry professionals will soon enjoy more content from the global leader and guide to fine wine for more than 30 years. The Wine Advocate and will be expanding its online and print mediums with financing from a private investor group.

"From the beginning days of The Wine Advocate back in 1978, when the publication was a simple, eight-page document, my vision and goal was to create a body of wine knowledge that exceeded anything the world had ever seen," said founder and wine critic, Robert M. Parker, Jr. "I never dreamed that the technology revolution would be such a welcome catalyst of this development. I also never dreamed The Wine Advocate would sweep across the civilized world with an impact that was beyond my wildest dreams. The dream, the vision, the commitment to wine consumers for fair and independent content continues. I wish I were 25 years younger as I feel so excited about the new investor team and what we can accomplish."

Mr. Parker will continue to operate the business as chief executive officer and chairman of The Wine Advocate board from the company's Monkton, Md., headquarters while still doing what he loves: reviewing the wines of Bordeaux, the Rhône and California verticals. Aligning coverage in the online and print editions, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, one of only a few females to hold a Master of Wine qualification worldwide, will become editor-in-chief based out of Singapore. Continuing with the utmost integrity as an independent guide, the private investors, offering years of business and technology experience, also will be based out of Singapore.

The exciting infusion of resources will offer subscribers more of what they have come to trust from the world's most influential wine critics. Coverage of top-producing regions will grow, including more reviews focused on the heart of the business in the United States. Additional expansion will take place throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America -- including wine education conferences planned around the world.

Additionally, many new features in the works include mobile applications, more videos, a PDF for electronic subscribers, virtual tastings and a new program designed to take advantage of a state-of-the-art technology platform. Finally, a new program aimed at retailers, producers, distributors and restaurateurs, is planned.

About The Wine Advocate and
For more than 30 years, The Wine Advocate and have been the independent consumer's guide to fine wine. Both were created by world-famous Robert M. Parker, Jr., the only critic in any field to receive the highest Presidential honor from three countries -- France, Italy and Spain. The guides provide a wealth of information to its 50,000 monthly subscribers, including a searchable database of more than 200,000 professional wine ratings and reviews, plus articles, videos, daily news content, online retail availability and pricing, and an active professionally moderated bulletin board. For more information, visit

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