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Friday, August 24, 2007

Say it ain't so: Chinese wine consumers defrauded

I am just shocked. Shocked.

According to news reports, wine consumers in China are being defrauded on a massive scale!

As hard as it is to believe, some Chinese producers are giving homegrown wines names like "Valley Napa," printing bogus vintages on labels, and mixing imported bulk wines with homegrown juice. Investigators have found that many wines consist of "little more than water, pigment and alcohol, with trace elements of grape juice" the state-run China Radio International says.

Chinese labelling regulations aren't quite as strict as those of the United States or European Union, so producers can easily — and legally — mislead consumers about the vintage and orgin of wines. This will change in January, when new rules coming into effect make labeling regulations more similar to those of the West.

Guess I'd better hurry up with that posting for the Beijing Craigslist — I have a few cases of relabeled Charles Shaw ’61 Château Pétrus that I need to unload before the end of the year. Maybe I can trade them for a container of Rolex watches and Louis Vuitton bags....
M. Zane Grey, 8:41 AM