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A dozen French winemakers and traders have been found guilty of a massive scam to sell 18 million bottles of fake Pinot Noir to a leading US buyer.
The judge in Carcassonne, south-west France, said the producers and traders had severely damaged the reputation of the Languedoc region.
The 12 more than doubled profits passing off the wine to E and J Gallo under its Red Bicyclette brand.
In a statement on its website it said it was “deeply disappointed” to learn its supplier, Sieur d’Arques, had been found guilty of selling falsely labeled French Pinot Noir.
The court ruled the 12 had deliberately and repeatedly mislabeled the wine as one of the more expensive varieties of grape in order to get a better price from E and J Gallo.
The Red Bicyclette Pinot Noir single grape wine is hugely popular in the United States.
French Customs Officers spotted the swindle and called in investigators. They found the amount of Pinot Noir being sold to Gallo was far more than the region produced. Some of those in the scandal were not even Pinot Noir producers.
The judge handed out suspended jail sentences ranging from one month to six months for the most prominent wine trader and ordered all the defendants to pay fines.
The fines ranged from 1,500 euros ($2,050; £1,300) to the top figure of 180,000 euros ($247,050; £156,500) for Sieur d’Arques. The judge said that the accused together made seven million euros in profits from the scam.
The judge said: “The scale of the fraud caused severe damage for the wines of the Languedoc for which the United States is an important outlet.”
A lawyer for Sieur d’Arques, Jean-Marie Bourland, told Agence France-Presse: “There is no prejudice. Not a single American consumer complained.”
A lawyer for three other defendants argued his clients had delivered a wine that had Pinot Noir characteristics.
E and J Gallo said it was no longer selling any of the wine to its customers.
Not a bad scam – You double your profits and when caught get a slap on the wrist. Just a wild guess, but I’d say the odds are extremely good that false labeling continues.
I especially like the part where the lawyer said, “Not a single American consumer complained.”
French humor no doubt.
The US course of action and a just punishment for such a grand scheme is to no longer buy French wine.
That would be American humor.
A salute to our wonderful veterans who sacrifice to keep us free.
It’s no secret that the stress level is high for the family that takes on the US presidency. Here are some going in – coming out pictures of recent presidents that opted to trade youth for power.
A few even go crazy somewhere along the way.
A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
* From bondage to spiritual faith;
* From spiritual faith to great courage;
* From courage to liberty;
* From liberty to abundance;
* From abundance to complacency;
* From complacency to apathy;
* From apathy to dependence;
* From dependence back into bondage.
Sir Alexander Fraser Tyler
Papa John’s founder John Schnatter was reunited with the muscle car he sold three decades ago for a future in the pizza business. After a nationwide search for the 1971 Z28 Chevrolet Camaro, Schnatter said that he found it in Kentucky.
Jeff Robinson, a resident of Flatwoods, Ky., bought the car a few years ago and agreed to return it to Schnatter who rewarded him with a $250,000 prize.
Schnatter said seeing the car “kind of hit me emotionally” and that it looks very much the same as it did when he sold it in 1983.
The car was sold by Schnatter to help rescue his father’s bar in Jeffersonville, Ind. Schnatter would later begin selling pizzas there.
The best part –
To celebrate the event, the Papa John’s pizza chain is offering a free large, one-topping pizza to Chevrolet Camaro owners on Wednesday.