I have to admit - I love the internet and what it's done to wine. People always talk about Robert Parker and Wine Spectator as ruling the industry and dominating all other opinions, but I think that's a pretty generous over-exaggeration in the current times.
For example, have you searched the term "wine blog" and seen how many people regularly post tasting notes about even the wines they pick up for dinner at the grocery store? Have you taken a look at cellar tracker and the very-popular forums that surround wine magazines, especially Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate?
Nowadays you can get a variety of opinions about any given wine you may be thinking about drinking, right on your computer, even if it retails for $3. Want a real example? Here are some posts about our 2006 Charles Vineyard Pinot Noir, on these very same sites: