Yes, too true about the proliferation of over-stuffed wine-bots. At least Parker is pretty consistent in terms of his descriptors and his personal preferences, and if he is directly on the take, I have yet to see/hear any such evidence. This has actually enabled me to "read through" his evaluations and get a fair idea of what he's talking about, along with how this relates to my own - personal - preferences. Harking back, I was also +/- on these terms with the late Gordon Holt, in the early going. Would that it were so simple/easy with the audio reviewers today. This lot seems only bound to sell elaborate kit at inflated prices, and little else. At least Parker never directly conflates price > quality! Re: Allen Meadows, you might want to give him a read, since he does what Parker cannot for our beloved PN.