Robert Parker's Wine Advocate sues Antonio Galloni for fraud and defamation
If Antonio was supposed to turn in a Sonoma report, he should have gutted it out and turned it in. He could have resigned after that.
The report he was getting $300,000 a year is surprising. Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there were a lot of TV reporters getting high six figures. One report I saw said San Francisco had three making more than $1 million a year in the late 1970s and it has none now. Matt Lauer excluded, the highest journalism salaries have been in steep decline. The Wine Advocate has huge printing and distribution costs for the paper edition. I'm surprised there's that much money left over for salaries.
Still, it was the right move for him to leave if he didn't fit in there. Even at $300,000 a year.
Thought it curious that Parker did not have a copy of Galloni's 2012 contract. And that the alleged transgressions occurred in 2013, when there was no contract.
Also interesting that the Sonoma tastings were scheduled but no article was assigned or scheduled on the pub board that lays out the articles for months at a time. Says Galloni.
Lots of narcissism in the lawsuit draft (hell hath no fury like a lawyer scorned), but Galloni's exit seems ill-conceived and hasty. What caused the rush?
No doubt something happened in the organization once Singapore took charge. This will be interesting to watch as it plays out.