After much controversy over whether or not Jay Miller, a prominent critic for The Wine Advocate (to which, it must be said, this author subscribes), accepted fees for tastings and reviews, it was announced today that the embroiled critic will be stepping down. Miller says he leaves with a “clear conscience,” but I can’t see how that could possibly be true. For details, see my previous post.
It sounds like Robert Parker is cutting his ties as quickly as he can before the ship sinks. The Wine Advocate (TWA) has cut its teeth on its strict ethics, coming up in periods when critics were nothing but ethical. No doubt TWA wants as much distance as possible, lest the public begin to wonder who else is unethical at the publication.