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1997: Le Prix du Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée Award for investigations into Champagne for the Millennium investment scams

2001: Le Prix Champagne Lanson Ivory Award for

2011: Vindic d'Or MMXI – 'Meilleur blog anti-1855'

2011: Robert M. Parker, Jnr: ‘This blogger...’:

2012: Born Digital Wine Awards: No Pay No Jay – best investigative wine story

2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Pancho Campo MW: Gerry Dawes updates

Photo of Pancho Campo MW on Interpol site

Spanish expert Gerry Dawes has a detailed posting here on his blog about the continuing Pancho Campo MW saga and the unanswered questions that swirl around him. Gerry reveals that he is the American journalist warned in early September by Campo's lawyer, Alfonso Martínez:

'Two days later, on September 2, as described below, I received a phone call threatening various actions from someone saying he was Alfonso Martínez, Pancho Campo's lawyer. This was followed by an e-mail by Martínez to the same third party e-mail address requesting a meeting with me the following week in New York. The Decanter article was published on Sept. 4. So far, I heard from nothing more from Martínez.'

I have still received no reply from Pancho Campo MW to my questions asking him how he left Dubai in February 2003 having surrendered his Chilean passport to a Dubai court following being charged with breach of trust in June 2002. Nor any answer to the source of the finance used to set up the Wine of Academy of Spain in 2003 soon after Campo appears to have absconded from Dubai rather than face a trial. The Wine Academy stands to gain any profit generated by the forthcoming WineFuture Rioja09 conference, which may be as much as one million euros as Gerry Dawes indicates:

'Campo's The Wine Academy of Spain is still the organizer of the event and still stands to profit from the revenues. On the Wine Academy website, a statement says that WineFuture-Rioja 2009 is the propiedad (property) of The Wine Academy. Some reports emanating from La Rioja place The Wine Academy's gross profit on the WineFuture Rioja 2009 conference at 1,000,000 Euros (approximately $1,500,000) and others have placed Robert Parker's fee for appearing at the conference at 100,000 Euros ($150,000).'

The post also includes a number of videos praising Pancho Campo MW.

Earlier posts on this story here and here.

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