Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Jay Miller, Pancho Campo, The Wine Academy and Asevin
Pancho Campo MW
This morning I have received the following email from Juan Antonio Ruiz Jimenez, the Secretary of ASEVIN. I have asked him to let me know what information was false in the email he sent out to a number of bodegas on 4th October 2011. Naturally I'm very keen to correct any false or misleading information as quickly as possible.
I have also requested answers to a number of areas where the account now being put out by Asevin and by extension The Wine Academy of the proposed visit by Jay Miller and Pancho Campo is at variance with emails he and other wine officials in Murcia sent out in October and posted here.
From: Juan Antonio Ruiz Jimenez
Re: Communication ASEVIN Jumilla (Spain).
Dear Jim Budd,
Having become aware of the information reposted on the web http://jimsloire.blogspot.com/ from www.berthomeau.com, under the title: "Le Jumillagate d'Uncle Bob Parker Vincent Pousson couple", we inform you that the information it contains is based on completely false information and conclusions, with the sole intention of discrediting Robert Parker, Jay Miller, and Pancho Campo.
I would also like to bring to your attention that the information shown on your website as "evidence 1 ' is completely confidential and could not be posted or forwarded under any circumstances as you have done. The displayed image corresponding to the email has been clearly manipulated and does not include the legal notice of confidentiality that was included below our contact details in the original mail.
"This document and attachments, if any, are confidential and may only be used exclusively by the recipient, may contain confidential or legally protected. No waiver of confidentiality or professional secrecy for any defective or erroneous transmission. The reception of the message does no authorize access to the content of it if you are not the recipient, so that in such circumstances should destroy it immediately and notify the sender that point. Please note that is totally prohibited any disclosure, distribution, or reproduction of this message.
In compliance with the Data Protection LO15/1999 Personal inform you that your email address and personal details provided by you will have entered the file is the Head, Juan Antonio Ruiz Jimenez. The purpose of the file is to keep future communications from the relationship started. You ca exercise your rights of access, rectification, cancellation and opposition at the headquarters of the File: Av Catholic Monarchs, 31-1 º B 30 520-Jumilla (Murcia). "
We demand that you inform us of the person who sent a copy of the message. We also expect that you proceed to rectify the information disseminated and express the appropriate and corresponding apologies in a maximum of 48 hours. Otherwise, we reserve the exercise to proceed with legal actions against you and your organization putting the matter in the hands of the corresponding authorities.
Please be informed that the Association of Wine from the Region of Murcia (ASEVIN), approached The Wine Academy for conducting a seminar on "Exporting wines from Murcia to the U.S. and China markets". We also requested them to organize a commented tasting of wines from the region for local wine professionals and media.
Asevin requested to have Jay Miller as the guest of honor to discuss the U.S. market and Pancho Campo to speak about China. After the seminar we also requested from The Wine Academy to be responsible for the organization and logistics of the tasting. The conditions imposed for the wine academy in order to carry out this tasting was that Jay Miller would choose the 12 to 15 wines at his entire discretion based exclusively on the highest Parker scores.
The Wine Academy made it clear at all times that if Jay Miller would visit some wineries he would choose the wineries at his sole discretion. In any case, the wineries visited would NOT have to pay for such visit. The amount discussed with the staff of The Wine Academy was to cover the cost of organizing this seminar and master tasting, such as: fees of Miller, Pancho and The Wine Academy staff that would put together the event, as well as transfers, car rental, hotel, planes and food.
The Wine Academy representatives insisted at all times that wineries should not pay for having Jay Miller visit them or for sending their wines to the tasting.
So far there is no agreement nor contract signed because The Wine Academy management team is in Hong Kong.
Juan Antonio Ruiz Jimenez