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According to numerous sources, Campo's Marbella-based Wine Academy of Spain has charged or is attempting to charge substantial fees (from 20,000 to 100,000 Euros) to arrange Jay Miller's visits to Spanish wine regions and for tasting the wines of the regions in question (Navarra, Jumilla-Murcia and Madrid [D.O. Madrid declined] are the regions figuring in recent press reports). Critics are comparing this situation to the payola scandals of the record industry in years past.
Miller's ratings for wines in Navarra, the only region so far known to have paid (100,000 Euros), should carry gold stars, since Navarra wineries paid their weight in gold to get their wines reviewed The Wine Advocate, a publication that has often been likened by Mr. Parker to Ralph Nader's supposed consumer advocacy. (Lest we forget, Ralph Nader's candidacy in 2000 drained enough votes from Al Gore to swing the election to George W. Bush.)
Robert Parker in La Rioja for Pancho Campo's Controversial
WineFutures-Rioja Conference 2009. Photo by Rioja.com.
Saturday, 5 November 2011 The Wine Academy Spain solicited 20,000 euros from DO Madrid for Jay Miller visit
Saturday, 5 November 2011 Pancho Campo MW's considered reaction to Jumillagate Jumillagate or more properly Murciagate: questions sent to Jay Miller
Changes at The Wine Advocate? Correspondence with Parker and Miller (2009)
The Wine Diarist (Mike Steinberger)
Dinero Por Nada, November 3 by Mike