15 Aug 2012

Robert Parker is in the Portland Museum of Modern Art

I have a lot to say about Portland, which is a fine and interesting city with at least 2 magnificent museums: the Museum of Art and the Historical Society Museum, about each of which I will speak later in more detail. I must say that I find the museums I have seen so far on the US quite exemplary, with knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming staff, excellent viewing conditions, well laid-out and lit exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, and all due credit given to donators and sponsors. And you can take photographs almost anywhere, provided you avoid using flash.

But today I have a little scoop for you. I have finally found the real Robert Parker! (bit of a house joke for the wine community). Here he is, sitting in the Portland (Oregon) Museum of Art and looking a bit tired. It is interesting to note that his brother-in-law has a winery in Oregon, called Beaux Frères. I have yet to taste any wines from there. Here is a closer look at the man....

The artist describes him as a dishwasher, which may be a career the great man has adopted, but of which I was not aware.


  1. I'll take this Robert Parker over Fruit Bomb Wine fascist Robert Parker ..... any day !

  2. Freeze! I'm Bobby Parker - put your hands in the air,
    Gimme all your money
    This is the story of Bob Parker, the meanest rat
    From ol' Chicago town

    Bo Bo Bo Bo Bobby Parker - he taught his four sons
    Bo Bo Bo Bo Bobby Parker - to handle their guns
    Bo Bo Bo Bo Bobby Parker - he never could cry
    Bo Bo Bo Bo Bobby Parker - but he knew how to die

  3. Yes, I think we all agree on this one. Interestingly, the mode for selling wine on Parker notes in the USofA seems to have waned. I have not seen a single RP note pinned to any wine in the shops that I have visited on this trip so far. And yet the silly so and so's in France who sell wine on the internet keep doing it. Why don't they wake up and do their job selling wines themselves?

  4. As an older art collector since my wife passed away, I must admit to being very partial to collecting nudes in art, as original paintings or as good prints, that I have displayed all over the house. (I like to see the surprised faces of my new visitors).
    This one,
    http://en.wahooart.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8LHTDD, by Emile Munier, is hanging in one corner of my bedroom and was printed by wahooart.com, where I am a very good customer.