Friday, 4 November 2011
Jumillagate or more properly Murciagate: questions sent to Jay Miller
Is Pancho Campo MW now officially The Wine Advocate's Spanish gatekeeper?
I sent a series of question to Jay Miller on Wednesday 2nd November at 10am (GMT). I have yet to receive any response or acknowledgment.
Questions to Jay Miller:
I have recently been covering the controversy that has arisen over the arrangements for your proposed visit to Murcia: 24th -26th November on Jim’s Loire. I have also been asked by decanter.com to cover this story.
Please see here:
I have some questions I would like to ask please.
a) When did you first become aware of the email sent by Juan Antonio Ruiz Jimenez on 4th October to a number of bodegas in the Murcia area?
b) Once you were aware of this email what action did you take?
c) What is the purpose of your visit to Murcia?
d) What is the role of Pancho Campo MW for this visit?
e) When making a visit to an established wine region like Murcia would your travel expenses not normally be covered by The Wine Advocate?
e) Will the visit to Murcia (24th-26th November) now go ahead? If it does will you be asking for the arrangements to be changed and in what ways?
f) The business of Pancho Campo and The Wine Academy includes the promotion of Spanish wine regions and Spanish wine companies. A perfectly legitimate activity but do you not think that your close association with Campo and The Wine Academy has inevitably called into question your independence and the reliability of your Spanish wine reviews?
Furthermore is your close association with Campo and The Wine Academy not at variance with Robert Parker’s ‘Our wine critics ethics and standards’?
I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible, especially as I would naturally wish to include your comments in the news story for decanter.com
Many thanks and kind regards,