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"My good friend Gerry Dawes, the unbridled Spanish food and wine enthusiast cum expert whose writing, photography, and countless crisscrossings of the peninsula have done the most to introduce Americans—and especially American food professionals—to my country's culinary life." -- Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019

"Trust me everyone, I have traveled with this man, if Gerry Dawes tells you to eat somewhere it's like Bourdain, believe it!!" - - Chef Mark Kiffin, The Compound Restaurant, Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“Spain wouldn’t be as known to Americans without the stories Gerry tells and writes.” - - Superstar Catalan Chef Ferran Adrià, elBulli

"But, for Gerry, Spain is more than just the Adriàs and (Juan Mari and Elena) Arzaks. He has connected with all manner of people working at every level and in every corner of Spain. I’m always amazed at this reach. You can step into a restaurant in the smallest town in Spain, and it turns out they know Gerry somehow. I remember one rainy night in Madrid during the 2003 Madrid Fusión congress. I wanted to go to my favorite place for patatas bravas, the ultimate tapa. But Gerry had another place in mind, and I didn’t know about it. But Gerry is always right. The potatoes at his place were amazing.” - - Chef-restaurateur-humanitarian José Andrés, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Oscar Presenter 2019; Chef-partner of Mercado Little Spain at Hudson Yards, New York 2019

"Gerry Dawes loves Spain, and he loves Spanish wines. And the man knows whereof he speaks. The country bestowed upon him its prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomia (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003, and here’s what James A. Michener said about him in Iberia: SpanishTravels and Reflections: “In his nearly thirty years of wandering the back roads of Spain, Gerry Dawes has built up a much stronger bank of experiences than I had to rely on when I started writing Iberia … His adventures far exceeded mine in both width and depth … ” I first reached out to Dawes when I was planning a culinary journey to Barcelona, Rioja, and the Basque region of Spain, in 2011. I found his website and began reading, and have been learning from him ever since. Then, when I was preparing to stage at Arzak, in 2012, Dawes offered me some sound advice: learn Basque. He is opinionated – “You must decide whether you love wine or carpentry. If you want wood in your wine, suck on a toothpick as you drink your vino.” – he lives life with passion, and he respects wine and the men and woman who make it. Here’s to Gerry!" - - The Original Drinker: Spanish Wine Master Loves a $15.99 Rosado, Hates Wood and Always Avoids Wine Bars, James Brock, Paper City,

Food Arts Silver Spoon Award to Gerry Dawes

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

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

 About Blog Author Gerry Dawes, Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award)


A long, hard look at the Spanish cash for access scandal By Felicity Carter, Harold Heckle and Robert Joseph, Meininger's Wine Business International December 12th 2011

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"Pancho Campo MW, president of the Spain-based Wine Academy, has flatly denied allegations he tried to extract money from cash-strapped Spanish wineries in exchange for visits from noted American critic Jay Miller, in violation of The Wine Advocate's much-respected ethical guidelines. Campo has hit out at his critics and threatened legal action against all those who published information he says potentially damaged “the reputation and the honour” of his company and management. Miller, too, has denied all wrongdoing.

The release of Campo's four-page statement came at the end of a tumultuous week for the Chilean-born Master of Wine. He has been at the centre of a media storm ever since it was revealed on Monday, 5 December 2011 that Miller had stepped down from his role at The Wine Advocate, where he was responsible for, among other things, reviewing wines from Spain, Chile and Argentina. Campo told Meininger’s Wine Business International that Miller had not been forced to fall on his sword, and that his resignation had nothing whatsoever to do with the deluge of accusations over the past month.

The Campo-Miller media saga began late October, when an email sent by Juan Antonio Ruiz Jiménez, the secretary of ASEVIN, was posted on Facebook. The email appeared to show ASEVIN asking for money from wineries in exchange for the chance to have Miller taste their wines and visit their wineries. That email also said the total cost of the Miller visit was €29,000. Given that Robert Parker has always set high ethical standards for himself and other writers contributing to The Wine Advocate – which include not accepting gifts and hospitality – the email raised questions about Miller’s judgement. Using that email as the starting point of a long, forensic analysis on his wine blog, Jim's Loire, British wine writer and editor Jim Budd dubbed the saga ‘Jumillagate’."

- - Felicity Carter, Harold Heckle and Robert Joseph, Meininger's Wine Business International 

Read the whole article here.  I believe it is balanced reporting.  

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