Wine fraud

As a wine enthusiast, it rather saddened me reading an article by Jeni Port in today's "Epicure" section in The Age on the discovery of counterfeited Australian wines in China.  The full article doesn't seem to be online, but here is a shortened version of it: http://www.theage.com.au/executive-style/top-drop/chinese-fake-it-with-counterfeits-of-australian-wines-20100823-13im7.html.  The full article also referred to counterfeit Yarra Valley wine, and the discovery in a Chinese wine retailer of "row upon row" of pristine Bordeaux from all of the great names, with uniform bottles, perfect labels and fill levels, from all of the great years (1982, 1989 etc). 

While a wine labelled as "Benfolds" would make it a fairly easy, and possibly humorous exercise, to spot the fake, I have the sinking feeling that many copies would be very hard to detect indeed and probably impossible if those responsible applied their minds to it.  And given the amounts of money involved, a lot probably have.  No doubt someone very clever will come up with a technological solution.  But in the interim, it would seem that vigilance and dealing only with trusted suppliers are the most practicable precautionary measures.
Wine Thoughts
August 24, 2010
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