A dictator or just a crusader?

A dictator or just a crusader?

The rhetoric of Roman poet Decimus Magnus Ausonius often revolved around wine, virtue and taste.

The rhetoric of Roman poet Decimus Magnus Ausonius often revolved around wine, virtue and taste. He tutored Flavius Gratianus Augustus as a boy and when the boy grew up to become emperor, Ausonius was appointed consul.

Festooned with honours, he became a key arbiter of taste and power in Rome. Today, one man occupies a similar position of power and influence in the wine world.

That man is US wine critic Robert Parker. His vision...

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