To His Majesty Don Juan Carlos I, King of Spain

Le critique vineux américain Gerry Dawes vient de poster sur son blog une lettre ouverte au Roi d'Espagne, dans laquelle il aborde en vrac la démocratie, l'honneur, le bon goût, Robert Parker, Pancho Campo, le tout à l'occasion de la prochaine conférence Wine Future qui se tient ces jours ci dans la Rioja. A lire au premier et à tous les degrés. Pas sûr que cet assemblage soit du goût de Rober Parket (comme le nomment ses détracteurs espagnols...).


Su Majestad, 

Just so you know, Your Majesty, Mr. Robert M. Parker, Jr., Wine Guru, is on his way to Spain to meet you. 


(Note: the model Parker will be using is much larger than the one in this Demo photo.)

Just so you can recognize him when he comes to La Zarzuela for his audience with you, Your Majesty, the second photo shows Mr. Parker on the left.  Sr. Francisco Armando Campo Carrasco, the man being sought by Interpol for fraud of nearly $1,000,000 in Dubai is on the right. (I am positive, Your Majesty, that I have identified each of these men correctly).


Rober Parket and Pancho Campo

I greatly respect you, Your Majesty.  If not for your bravery and resolve during the infamous coup attempt of 1981, Spain's fledging democracy might never have succeeded. You stayed up all night speaking to the nation on television--with your son, the prince, at your side--talking down Spain's generals one-by-one from coming out in the streets to support the Guardia Civil Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero Molino who had shot his way into Las Cortes. (General Esquivias, the father of my best friend, Manolo Esquivias of Sevilla, was very instrumental in supporting you that night, Your Majesty, as you may remember.)

Tejero_golpe Guardia Civil Lieutenant-Colonel Antonio Tejero Molino with a gun in his hand, breaking into the Spanish Parliament on February 23, 1981, in an attempted coup that lasted until the next morning.  This picture was taken by Manuel Pérez Barriopedro©1981, Spain, Agencia EFE.

Because of you, Your Majesty,  Spain's democratic transition from the Franco dictatorship did succeed. Because of your honor and your love of your country, Your Majesty, Spain was saved and it is now safe for Robert Parker to visit your country for the first time in almost 38 years.  Mr. Parker has had such a buring interest in Spain that he failed to visit once in nearly four decades.  The last time was in early 1972--and told Pancho Campo in an interview that he remembers from his visits (first reported on the Wine Academy website as in 1971-1972, now amended to visits "in 1970, 1971 & 1972"),  ". . . there were no highways!", according to Parker.

For this, and for never having visited a single Spanish bodega during his entire wine writing career, while using the pages of The Wine Advocate--whose Spanish coverage was written by him and is now written by Dr. Jay Miller (See Wine Advocate Writers Spark Ethics Debate – Wall Street Journal)--to encourage a style of overpowering wine to be made in Spain (which is these days being rejected around the world), he gets to meet you, Your Majesty, as a reward?

I am posting this, Your Majesty, because it sounds, looks and smells a lot like someone has attempted to stage another coup, this time in La Zarzuela, and it appears to have succeeded...

Con mucha admiración, Su Fiel Servidor

Gerry Dawes

About Gerry Dawes
Gerry Dawes was awarded Spain's prestigious Premio Nacional de Gastronomía (National Gastronomy Award) in 2003. He writes and speaks frequently on Spanish wine and gastronomy and leads gastronomy, wine and cultural tours to Spain. He was a finalist for the 2001 James Beard Foundation's Journalism Award for Best Magazine Writing on Wine, won The Cava Institute's First Prize for Journalism for his article on cava in 2004, was awarded the CineGourLand “Cinéfilos y Gourmets” (Cinephiles & Gourmets) prize in 2009 in Getxo (Vizcaya) and received the 2009 Association of Food Journalists Second Prize for Best Food Feature in a Magazine for his Food Arts article, a retrospective piece about Catalan star chef, Ferran Adrià

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