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What's Worse than Bad Counterfeit Wine

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Photo: David Haberthür

You've heard about scams in which fake bottles of 1945 Lafite or the like are sold at auction to rich people for massive sums. But wine counterfeiters aren't proud. They'll rip off anyone! Fraud occurs at "consumer-friendly price points" too.

People don't expect a whole lot from a bottle of White Zinfandel. But they do expect it to be consistent, fresh, fruity and sweet. Imagine their disappointment when the wine smells like vinegar. But that pale's to the horror of finding someone's chewed gum at the bottom of the bottle. Blech!

For more on the scourge of wine that should taste like bubble gum not tasting bubble gum yet containing actual bubble gum, blow on over to the BBC.