Bottoms Up

Beer and wine in the Bay Area and beyond

Bogus wines grow in Europe

By Jessica Yadegaran
Wednesday, August 16th, 2006 at 11:13 am in Uncategorized.

Counterfeiting clothing and music makes sense, but wine? Italy, France and Australia have had millions of bottles pop up as counterfeit in the past year or so. Lots made in China but bearing big labels like Sassicaia, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Penfolds Grange. What struck me is that people who buy these bottles, collectors mostly, can detect the difference before the tannins even touch the tongue. That’s how it goes with $3,000 wine. Why hasn’t it hit the U.S. yet? Not sure. But winemakers there are reluctant to file suits against these frauds for fear of tampering with tradition, sometimes centuries-worth. That’s one thing we definitely wouldn’t worry about there.

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