- The seminar/conference and the visit by Jay Miller was never confirmed by us and the corresponding contract was to be signed after the 10th of November, since the entire The Wine Academy team was not in Spain at the time.
- The Wine Academy of Spain has temporarily cancelled the visit of Jay Miller to the region of Murcia.
- Neither ASEVIN nor The Wine Academy nor The Wine Advocate will be able to charge any economic quantity to the wineries for the visit of Jay Miller to wineries in the region of Murcia nor for the tasting of their wines.
- ASEVIN assumes full responsibility for the charge which was to be made to the wineries – which the mail refers to – and confirms that the request for payment was made by ASEVIN, not The Wine Academy or Jay Miller. “We, ASEVIN, assume the responsibility for ‘requesting the wineries’ to pay economic quantities to cover the costs derived from the possible seminar and tasting (the visit to Jumilla was not included in the official programme of The Wine Advocate, which will take place at the end of November. Therefore, ASEVIN asked TWA to make it possible for Jay Miller to visit Jumilla (Murcia) to offer his opinion on this region’s wines). We sincerely apologise for any misunderstanding which may have ensued and for any damage which may have been caused to Jay Miller, The Wine Academy, Pancho Campo, Robert Parker and The Wine Advocate.
- ASEVIN, in the case that Jay Miller’s visit to Jumilla actually pulls through, commits to directly paying The Wine Academy of Spain the amount agreed upon to cover all costs for the organisation of said seminar-conference, as well as the tasting of Monastrell and the fees of Jay Miller and Pancho Campo. This amount will also cover the costs of travel, fees and accommodation for three persons from The Wine Academy who will assist ASEVIN in setting up, providing the logistics for, and promoting, the event.
- ASEVIN’S proposal to TWA to visit Murcia arises from the interest of wineries in the area, which form part of our association, in receiving Jay Miller’s opinion about Jumilla, and in gleaning better insight into the US and Asian markets.
- Bearing the conditions stated above, in the case that The Wine Academy and Jay Miller would reconsider their visit to Jumilla, the programme of events would be as indicated below:
It is also worth noting the number of times the Wine Academy or TWA is mentioned and to see how keen Señor Jiménez is to stress now that this visit by Jay Miller is not part of the official Wine Advocate programme. It reads like a statement dictated to Asevin by Campo and The Wine Academy Spain.
The statement fails to address the points made in the 2nd November post: Jumillagate/Murciagate: A cover-up in Southern Spain, in particular that the email correspondence sent before the story broke spoke of a visit by Jay Miller and not of a seminar. Furthermore the instructions sent by The Wine Academy were criteria to be used in selecting the wines to be rated by Miller, so it was evident that Millar would be there in his official capacity as Parker's man in Spain.
If the wineries to visit are to be Jay Miller's choice why are they being charged 2000€ in advance as explained by Jiménez in his email of 14th October 2011?