China 5 - Real v fabricated wine
18 May 2010 by Jancis Robinson
Lawyer Nick Bartman reports that one big problem in the burgeoning Chinese wine market is the prevalence of liquids being sold as wine that are not made from fermented grape juice at all but are entirely fabricated. 'It may be bigger than I discovered, as to tell one needs to take the cork out', he points out.  'However, I’m reliably informed that in most cases there is under 5% grape wine in the mix and the smell is very telling as it pongs of chemical alcohol – certainly this one [from the bottle on the right] did as I had a whiff.' Note how very different the stains are. The genuine wine on the...

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