Covela Escolha 2008
Quinta do Termos Fonte Cal Reserva 2007
Afros Vinhão 2008
Barranco Longo Reserva 2006
Madeira Barbeito Boal 2001
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Wanted for fraud: Pancho Campo MW on the Interpol site
The conference certainly has an impressive array of both sponsors and speakers. (see below)
I’m sure that these are all prudent people and organisations, who will doubtless have demanded or will demand from Pancho Campo MW, detailed and convincing assurances that the proceeds of fraud in Dubai were not used in the founding of The Wine Academy of Spain in 2003. In these days of ever-stricter money laundering regulations no one would want to be associated with an organisation that might have been set up using the proceeds of a fraud.
There is, of course, no suggestion that any of the speakers or sponsors of WineFuture Rioja09 had any involvement in the fraud in Dubai. Indeed it is highly unlikely that any would have known who Pancho Campo was at that time.
There is a delicious irony here. Spain was once a haven for the British criminal fraternity until the Spanish authorities clamped down. Now, however, Spanish wine appears to be welcoming a convicted fraudster with open arms. First with WineFuture Rioja09 followed by Vinoble 2010, the sweet wine festival held biannually in Jerez.
“We are awaiting the definitive legal response.”
But what legal response is this, pray? Pancho Campo was found guilty on 1st June 2003 of breach of contract – fraud and sentenced a year in jail, followed by deportation.
Since the end of August PC has claimed to have a team of lawyers in Spain and Washington sorting this out. Are they appealing against the sentence? They originally claimed this was all a ghastly mistake? A miscarriage of justice! Perhaps, but so far not a shred of evidence, to show that this is the case.
Both the criminal and civil cases against Pancho Campo are over – apparently there are no new fresh cases listed, so where is the wriggle room for the lawyers and for Pancho?
Doubtless Pancho’s posse of lawyers are working to good purpose but the only thing I’m aware of them doing is to have threatened American wine writer, Gerry Dawes, for looking into Pancho and his Interpol Red Notice.
There is, of course, one definitive legal response: for Pancho Campo MW to return to Dubai to serve his one year prison sentence.
“He didn’t know about the case and was tried in absentia.”
How many people are charged in court with breach of faith involving a sum of 640,000€, surrender their passport presumably with their visa that allows them to work in the UAE, abscond from the country while awaiting trial and then forget all about the criminal charge until several years later when a red notice is issued by Interpol following a request from Dubai/United Arab Emirates? A parking ticket perhaps but a six figure fraud ...!
“It's a business dispute!”
True there was civil case as well brought by Jackie Wartanian, Pancho’s business partner in Dubai, through her lawyer – Amma Al Jallaf of Ince & Co (Dubai) – but the fraud conviction relates to a criminal charge.
“It all happened in another country … and has nothing to do with wine.”
This just doesn’t hold water. Pancho is still in the same line of business promoting events – this time it’s wine before, in Dubai, it was music and sports events. The only difference is that the egos of top music stars may be more fragile than those of wine industry luminaries.
Follow the money trail is an old adage: 2003 Pancho Campo absconds from Dubai, is convicted of a substantial fraud and sets up The Wine Academy of Spain. “No link with wine, here.” Really! Then why won't Pancho Campo MW answer the simple question – what was the source of the money used to set up The Wine Academy in 2003?
Furthermore I’ve seen enough of fraud trials in the UK to be aware that fraudsters have transferable skills.
Also Pancho has gone out of his way, when building brand Campo, to use some of his past – participant in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games (coach to the one strong Chilean women’s team), organiser of Dubai concerts for Pink Floyd (the band have never played Dubai/UAE), etc.
"This is just being stirred up by people, who don't like him or are jealous of his success."
This is just a smokescreen – a diversionary tactic. Pancho Campo MW may well have his enemies – successful, dynamic people often have their detractors. However, the conviction and jail sentence for fraud in Dubai isn't an invention nor is the possibility that The Wine Academy of Spain was wholly or, in part, founded on the proceeds of fraud. Pancho the solution to the speculation over the funding of the Academy is in your hands – answer the questions.
"It has all been got up by the foreign press."
Pancho Campo's conviction has had more coverage outside Spain but this is only because the quiescent Spain press have preferred to hold their noses, look the other way and peddle the transparent fiction that what happened in Dubai has nothing to do with wine in Spain.
I would have more sympathy with Pancho Campo if his claims weren’t such an elaborate confection of falsehoods and facts so elasticated that they often bear a similar relationship as that between a bubble car and a stretch limo.
In addition to Pink Floyd and 1992 Barcelona Olympics, claims about being ‘personally trained by Al Gore’ in climate change turn out to be far from a studious chat with the great man in a book-lined library but instead one of 200 or so people at a seminar in Seville. ‘Studied winemaking at the University of California at Davis’ – yes, two correspondence courses.
A doctor of medicine, as claimed on Pancho Campo's Wine Future presentation (in Spanish), pt 1 by Zev Robinson (http://vimeo.com/4858630) ("Como medico que soy. . ." 9.40 mins in). Pancho may have studied medicine in the Dominican Republic but there appears to be no record of him qualifying.
Copy of a letter emailed to Pancho Campo MW yesterday.
27th October 2009
I’m sorry not to have received a response to my email of 6th October 2009) outlining the contents of the postings on Jim’s Loire (7th October 2009 – Pancho Campo – the essence and Pancho Campo – timeline.
As I have had no response to neither my email nor to the two postings on Jim’s Loire, I assume you that are not contesting that the following events/facts are correct.
5th June 2002: You were charged with breach of trust in a Dubai court involving 640,000€. This is a criminal offence. You surrendered your Chilean passport to the court. There was also a civil case brought by Jackie Wartanian through her lawyer Amma Al Jallaf of Ince & Co (Dubai). Both the criminal and civil cases are now closed.
February 2003: You left Dubai fully aware that you had been charged and that you would be facing a trial, although the date of the trial may not have been fixed at the time you left. You left Dubai using your Spanish passport.
1st June 2003: You were found guilty in absentia of breach of trust (fraud on the Interpol website) and sentenced to one year in prison to be followed by deportation
2003 The Wine Academy of Spain was founded.
There are still some questions that I would like to ask you please:
a) When you were based in Dubai (UAE) did you have a tourist or a work visa? Was this visa in your Chilean passport?
b) How did you leave Dubai in February 2003 – plane, boat or overland? Did you indeed use your Spanish passport? What type of UAE/Dubai visa was in it – tourist or work? How did you obtain a second visa?
c) What was the name of your lawyer in Dubai?
d) What was the outcome of the civil case?
e) (question not published)
f) What was the source of the founding of The Wine Academy of Spain when it was set up in 2003? Was any of the 640,000€ on which you were convicted of breach of trust (fraud) in Dubai (1st June 2003) used to establish The Wine Academy of Spain?
g) Does any profit made by WineFuture Rioja09 go to The Wine Academy of Spain?
h) Pancho Campo's Wine Future presentation (in Spanish), pt 1 by Zev Robinson (http://vimeo.com/4858630) you claim to be a doctor ("Como medico que soy. . ." 9.40 mins in). Where did you study, where did you qualify and when? Have you ever practised as a doctor?
i) You say that when you travel to Chile you use a Chilean passport. How did you obtain a new Chilean passport when your old one had been surrendered to a Dubai court?
k) How do your lawyers expect to do anything about your conviction for fraud? Are you considering an appeal and, if so, on what grounds?
I will be making a new post on Jim’s Loire at noon (UK time) tomorrow (28th Oct).
I look forward to hearing from you.
2008 Anjou Blanc Sec Domaine Ogereau, Vincent Ogereau £8.25
Made from 70% Chenin and 30% Chardonnay, this is the least convincing wine in the normally exemplary Ogereau portfolio. Not that it is badly made, it is just that a Chenin/Chardonnay blend tends to work better as sparkling rather than still. I fancy that this would be a more successful wine if it was pure Chenin.
2007 Château de la Roulerie Chenin Sec, Anjou Blanc Philippe Germain 2004 £10.75
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1991 Anjou Blanc Sec Chauvigné Didier Richou n/a
2005 Les Rogeries, Anjou Blanc Sec, Domaine Richou
Served with roast skate wing, cod brandade, crab bisque
2007 Gamay, Anjou Gamay, Château Pierre-Bise
Replaced the 1997 Gamay, Anjou Gamay Château Pierre-Bise, which was unfortunately corked.
2007 La Croix de Mission, Domaine des Rochelles, Jean-Yves and Anita Lebreton
2006 Anjou Villages Vincent Ogereau 2005 Les Jeunes Vignes des Gelinettes, La Ferme de la Sansonnière, Mark Angeli
Served with: Roast saddle of English lamb, French beans, Chantenay carrots, fricassée of wild mushrooms, new potatoes
Mark Angeli's 2005 Gelinettes is certainly a petit bête – almost opaque, very concentrated, quite toasty and very tannic. It needs a lot of time and I have to wonder whether Mark didn't push the extraction too far or maybe it just needs time. If I didn't know Mark reasonably well I might accuse him of making a wine to attract the attention of a certain US wine critic but I'm sure that wasn't in his mind. To be fair to Mark, his 2005 showed much better with the lamb.
2008 Coteaux du Layon Rochefort Château Pierre-Bise, Claude Papin
Served with: pear and almond tart with saffron ice cream