The time of a great wine critic has ended on the first of this month with the passing on of Robert Finigan, who has been a prominent figure among wine critics since the 1970s when he broke into the wine world with honest reviews of both fine European and emerging Californian wines. His opinions were highly valued during his life, especially his tastings of pinot noir and burgundy.
While later in his career he became interested in being a food critic, he was always an influential wine critic that was brutally honest in his expectations of a wine. He was an advocate for the consumers too with his praises of wine in all forms, great and small, and looking for the good in any price range.
Born in 1943 Robert found his calling to wine and the culinary in college at Harvard. Thankfully for the world of wine, he became interested in because of his roommates’ associations to wine. His reviews will be valued for years and years to come and influence selections in wine totes, even if he won’t be around to write more of them. He is survived by his wife and sister, who just like us will miss him greatly.