If you fancy yourself a wino, you know the name Jay Miller. I didn’t say you liked Jay Miller, just that you probably know who he is. For those who don’t obsess about the crushed grape jus, Jay Miller worked as a wine reviewer for Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, an unfortunately popular dinosaur of wine media’s formative years.
I say worked because Jay Miller left his position at WA. The impetus behind this decision? Well, it seems a couple of journalists uncovered a “Pay for Jay” scandal whereby wineries in Spain were going to have to pay €20,000 (roughly $27,000!!!!!) ~ and that doesn’t include the VAT ~ to get Miller to come to their property and check out their schnizz.
It will be interesting to see what shakes out from this … and to see if Miller really had any involvement in the scandal, but I usually operate under the presumption that where there is smoke, there is fire.
The moral of this story: stop reading that stodgy crap and learn about wine this dude, or get your self Dirty with this guy (who also makes wine with this guy), or learn from a lady … cuz lady’s rock … or look through some notes I have about the wine community.