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The payola scandal at the Wine Advocate

SteveTimko | Dec 6, 2011 08:09 PM

I don't know if people who read this forum have been following the departure of Jay Miller as a critic at The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker's journal.
There's lots of unanswered questions, but Miller hired a man named Campo to be his guide/handler as he tasted wines in Spain, one of his regions. Campo sent emails to producers in wine making regions offering to let Jay Miller taste their wines and visit in exchange for 20,000 euros.

http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

http://www.drvino.com/2011/12/04/jay-...

http://gawker.com/5865476/professiona...

I guess it's not clear if Miller knew about the request for money for his services. This took another curious turn when it was revealed that Miller was supposed to retire at the end of this year. That raises the possibility that on his final lap through Spain he or maybe just his handler were trying to grab all the cash they could.
In discussions about this on Wine Berserkers wine board, a couple of people who said they have met Miller call him a decent guy.
I still think The Wine Advocate is the most reliable place for wine reviews. Just kind of sad to see this.

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