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No Way!! Under Pressure Over the Mounting Pancho Campo Murciagate Scandal in Spain, Jay Miller Resigns as Critic for Spanish Wines for Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

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Let me see if I got this straight: Jay Miller is leaving the Spain coverage for The Wine Advocate, right?

This after international con man Pancho Campo sold him to several denominaciones de origen as an expert (to taste their wines and give them marketing advice), which caused a shitstorm of criticism from international wine observers, critics and bloggers. 

Robert Parker in La Rioja for Pancho Campo's Controversial
WineFutures-Rioja Conference 2009.  Photo by

Wait, I am confused, the critic for Spanish wines for Ralph Nader crusader-esque Robert M. Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate wine consumer protector was being paid for giving “marketing advice” to the foreign wine promotional agencies, regulatory boards and wineries that he was supposed to be covering as a wine journalist? No way!!!! 

And he was sold as an expert wine commentator on how to sell wines in the United States by Pancho Campo and his Wine Academy of Spain? No way!! 

And Robert M. Parker, Jr. just came out on his website a few days ago with barely veiled threats to sue malicious bloggers, presumably Jim Budd, Tyler Colman of Dr. Vino and Mike Steinberger of Wine Diarist, as well as me probably (but someone claiming to be Pancho Campo’s lawyer already threatened me in 2009). No Way!!

And the top wine writer in Spain, Pepe Peñin (the only one amongst the silent Spanish wine press), just came out to on (also see to express his opinions about the impropriety of what Pancho Campo and Jay Miller were doing. No Way!!! 

And Jay Miller is just withdrawing from The Wine Advocate to pursue other interests. No Way!! 

Golly, gee, folks, the Spanish denominaciones of origen, Navarra and Valencia must be really pissed off about spending wads of money for what they must have thought was privileged access to Miller and now he is not going to write another word on Spanish wines for Robert M. Parker, Jr.’s The Wine Advocate. No Way!!! 

Oh, well, Miller lost his notes on his visit to Toro anyway, so the story goes, so he won’t have to worry about that report. No Way!!!! 

I guess someone really got the message, but my message and (I presume the message from the rest of my fellow “low-rent” (de medio pelo) bloggers, as we have been called) is that if anyone thinks that the resignation of Miller is going to make the story of Robert M. Parker, Jr. and his very close association with Pancho Campo (of notorious Wanted-by-Interpol fame), who paid Parker very large sums of money to speak at WineFuture conferences and who allowed Campo to arrange Jay Miller's schedule and charge wineries and regional regulatory boards for Miller to appear is going away, guess again. No Way!!


See my Nov. 10, 2011 post for more background on the Parker-Miller-Campo affair:

Another Brouhaha Involving Pancho Campo, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate and Parker's Spain Correspondent Dr. Jay Miller

About Gerry Dawes   

Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià. 

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1 comment:

  1. igalatas5:39 AM

    This is what I wrote after Jay Miller's visit to Pamplona. Unaware of what would happen later. As you can also see Pancho Campo there is a very interesting commentary of Mr. Campo after what I wrote. I felt ashamed for my friends in Navarra.


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