Fittest loser
Article posted: 12/8/2013 7:06 PM

As wine fakers get sharper, industry fights back

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ASSOCIATED PRESS This is an example of a counterfeit bottle of wine displayed in a lab run by the French Finance ministry in Bordeaux, southwestern France. Counterfeiting has dogged wine as long as it has been produced, but it is getting more sophisticated and more ambitious.

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Counterfeiting has likely dogged wine as long as it has been produced. In the 18th century, King Louis XV ordered the makers of Cotes du Rhone to brand their barrels with "CDR" before export to prevent fraud. But it is getting more sophisticated and more ambitious, particularly as bottle prices rise due to huge demand in new markets, mainly in Asia.
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