Saturday, March 01, 2008
Wine lovers beware for you may be drinking Chateau Plonck, or worse Fakes!
Guys Breaking News!
Those days in Europe I have visited many vineyards and have tasted various types of wine grown in many regions in Europe. I have also seen how these wine barrels stacked to be matured tested then bottled to be sold worldwide. A long an tedious process to make these fine wine.
I also remember in France when the wine industry there was shocked by unscrupulous wine makers out to make fast buck by "quickening" the pace of wine making by adding many unwanted chemical so the wine can be "matured" fast. In other words the reputation of France as a wine producer in Europe and the world was smeared at the cost of the country's economy when consumers in France and around the world were afraid to drink French wine let alone buying them. France dealt with the wine contaminators quite severely! They were jailed and made to pay hefty fines. Okay enough!
My wife stumbled upon a Malaysian made wine. A "Chateau" Y T Chen, and the brand is Glen Morris, and being featured as Tropical Wine 1999, Natural Fruit Wine. Then there is a statement in Bahasa on the other side of the bottle which says "produced and bottled by a company here" and "at an address in Batu 6 Jalan Kelang Lama. It came in a normal 750ml wine bottle and contains 12.5 % alcohol.
At the back it says "tropical wine made, the finest tropical fruit wine is produced by a blend of exotic tropical fruits....." I suspect the tropical fruit is dragon fruits which are grown extensively in the country where padi fields in Negeri Sembilan for example have been turned into Dragon Fruityards. There is also a seal of approval by the Malaysian government.
However, Y T Chen's Glen Morris wine is for real there, is no doubt about it.
But my concern is that"real" brand red or white wine, made out of real grapes can be easily faked. If we can fake other products like Roll-Royce airliners spare parts, drug like Panadol, Viagra, and even high blood pressure pills, trust me you can fake wine and wine labels, and you can never tell the difference.
Looking at Glen Morris, it has a very attractive label, real wine bottle and sealed caps, and it is a real product. But one cannot help thinking since wine is a big industry in this country, some one can just fake other wine brand by buying concentrated fresh juice in bulk, add Ribena for example, then alcohol and let it sit for a while then bottle it somewhere in "Batu 7 Puchong" or anywhere else in the country. The scary part is these fake wines will be produced in a backyard without proper supervision.
Fake wines can be done and fake attractive labels from famous Australian, South African and Chilean brands can be made here easily and trust me, again, you and I cannot tell the difference. Hey! If they can make fake money or even fake security papers, again trust me counterfeit wine labels is easy!
So next time you stuffed up yuppies, and rich middle class bore take a sip of you "expensive" wines think fake for in a long run your liver can give in and you die. Sorry I cannot offer solution unless if you can migrate to France or other real wine producing countries!
Sorry, but less cheers today!
Posted by Pasquale at 3:26 PM