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Food Arts Silver Spoon Award to Gerry Dawes


 Premio Nacional de Gastronomía - - James Beard Foundation Nomination (Best Wine Writing) - - Premio Cava

Gerry Dawes's Article Medieval Riches of El Cid's City (About Burgos, Spain)
Front Page, The New York Times Sunday Travel Section



12/02/2011

Who pays wine critics? The Pancho Campo, MW - Jay Miller - The Wine Advocate - Robert M. Parker, Jr. Controversy in Spain Commentary by Tim Atkins, MW


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"The campaigning journalist George Monbiot stirred up a considerable amount of debate among hacks recently when he decided to publish a registry of his financial interests on his website. There in black and white, Monbiot declares how much he’s paid by The Guardian, his publisher and his lodgers, as well as his total gross and net incomes.


Why the brave move? Monbiot believes that “journalists should live by the standards they demand of others, among which are accountability and transparency. One of the most important questions in public life, which is asked less often than it should be, is “who pays?”

Should wine journalists do the same thing? In the light of recent revelations in Spain, covered in depth by Jim Budd on his website, that producers in Murcia and Jumilla were being asked by their own inter-professional association to make a substantial contribution to fund a visit, tastings and a seminar by Jay Miller of the Wine Advocate, it’s a hot topic.


Michel Bettane, one of France’s leading wine writers, has responded with outrage to the subject of user pays tastings, although there is no suggestion that Miller himself was being paid to assess wines, merely to speak at a conference. “Producers who pay critics are idiotic,” he said. “If 'critics' accept compensation for tasting wines, then I don’t believe them to be true critics. Corruption exists quite obviously in the wine world today."  

Read the rest of Tim Atkins article here: Who pays wine critics?

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