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Robert Parker Quits California; Marc Murphy's Wine Dinners

FOOD TALKS—This weekend a TedX Manhattan talk/event will focus on the world of food. Speakers include chefs Dan Barber and John Fraser, Laurie David, and the publisher of Edible Manhattan and Brooklyn. [Official Site]

TRIBECAChef Marc Murphy is launching a series of wine dinners at his Tribeca restaurant Landmarc. Upcoming dinners are planned for Feb. 9 (biodynamic wines), March 15 (off-the-beaten-path vineyards in unexpected locations, April 12 (Spanish wines), and May 18 (Robert Craig’s Secret Cella). Dinners run $75 - 100 a head, including tax and gratuity. Dinner begins with cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres. More info here. [EaterWire]

THE WINE WORLD—The wine world's king critic, Robert Parker, announced Saturday that he is handing over criticism of California wine to his colleague Antonio Galloni. This comes on the heels of several recent articles that have suggested that the critic's influence may be on the wane. Welcome news for those who have come to abhor California Cabernet that you could run your car on. Galloni—who is currently the critic for Italy, Champagne, Chablis, and Burgundy—has been known for his more classic preferences. [Vinography via Eater National]


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