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Fraud with empty wine bottles in China

16/03/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

Planning to crack a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982? Do not throw the empty bottle away because on the black market in Hong Kong it can fetch up to 10,000 HKD (approx. 900 euros), according to an article on the CNN-website on wine fraud in China. The empty bottle is filled with cheap wine and sold or given as a gift as if it were the real thing. A bottle […]

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Vandals destroy 500-year old vineyard

11/02/2011 Jozef Schildermans 0

In Austria, vandals destroyed a historic vineyard, reports the AP news agency. In the 500-year-old vines grow old vines which are considered the great-great grandparent of Grüner Veltliner. One or more unknowns chopped most vines into pieces. Perhaps all the vines are lost. The vineyard was rediscovered in 2000 near the village of St. Georgen, a suburb of Eisenstadt in > Read more …

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New Pinot Noir fraud in South of France

19/05/2010 Jozef Schildermans 1

In southern France, a new case of fraud with Pinot Noir has been discovered. The chairman and director of the cooperative winery of Coursan Armissan near Narbonne will appear Friday before the criminal court of Narbonne, reports the Midi Libre. The cooperative has distributed 10,000 hectoliters of forged Pinot Noir in the French market. The cooperative also sold false Merlot, > Read more …

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Wine fraude in Burgundy

18/05/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

Last year, a “well-known” vigneron from Burgundy let 2500 hectoliters of Burgundy-wine for a total value of 2.135 million euros disappear from his accounts, according to the customs authorities of Burgundy. The fraud was discovered on May 18 last year at a customs inspection of the accounts of the vigneron. The regional Director of customs reported the fraud to the > Read more …

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French wine growers sell fake Pinot Noir to E & J Gallo

23/02/2010 Jozef Schildermans 3

A court in the southern French city of Carcassonne sentenced twelve wine growers from the Languedoc to suspended prison terms and effective fines. They sold 18 million bottles of fake Pinot Noir to U.S. wine giant Ernest and Julio Gallo. The unsuspecting company sold the adulterated wine in the U.S. market under the brand name Red Bicyclette. The twelve convicts > Read more …

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Chinese counterfeit 400.000 bottles Fitou wine

11/02/2010 Jozef Schildermans 0

400,000 bottles of counterfeit Fitou wine circulate on the Chinese market. The bottles probably contain Chinese “wine”. The counterfeiters have copied the label and the bottle of the cooperative Mont Tauch, one of the major companies in the wine appellation of Fitou. Both are internationally registered. The counterfeit wine was discovered by the representative of Mont Tauch on the Chinese > Read more …

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Poisoned Rice Wine Kills Tourists On Bali

04/06/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

Twenty-two people, including two Britons, have died on the Indonesian island of Bali after drinking poisoned rice wine (arrack), UPI reports. The victims bought the arrack at a stall along the road in Canggu, North Kuta. One young Dutch tourist died on the Indonesian island of Lombok after drinking rice wine from the same batch, the Dutch newspaper AD reports. > Read more …

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No Presidential Pardon For Two Buck Chuck Owner

15/01/2009 Jozef Schildermans 0

Fred T. Franzia (65), cousin of the California wine legend Ernest Gallo and owner of the fourth largest U.S. wine company Bronco Wine Co., gets no presidential pardon from George W. Bush. This reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Franzia was in 1993 sentenced to a five year suspended prison sentence and a fine of 500,000 dollars for wine fraud. Bronco > Read more …

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Proton-beam Discovers Fake Wine Bottles

01/10/2008 Jozef Schildermans 0

French scientists at the Centre d’Etudes Nucléaires in Bordeaux Gradigan (CENBG) have discovered an advanced technique for pinpointing counterfeit bottles of wine. A team led by Hervé Guégan bombarded wine bottles with a 3 MeV proton-beam and used the X-rays emitted by the bottles to analyze the chemical composition of the bottles. They compared this with the known chemical ‘fingerprint’ > Read more …