Monday, 27 December 2010

Don't Drink to That

Have you tried the wine made in China?
For the most part, many do not go down nicely. They're actually quite tortuous to drink.
And you can forget Chinese-made wine altogether, now that some have been found to be fake.
It had to happen eventually, right?
Six people were detained after red wine made in Changli county in Hebei Province was found to have been chemically altered and falsely labeled as a superior product.
The Jiahua, Yeli and Genghao wineries have been accused of forgery and adulterating their wines after investigations by the local government shut them down, according to the Xinhua News Agency. Sixteen corporate accounts involving 2.83 million RMB ($427,000) were frozen.
The county has been nicknamed "China's Bordeaux" as it is well known for its wine production and produces one-third of the country's grapes.
Some wineries would use 20 percent fermented grape juice, then add water and sugar mixed with chemicals and colouring agents. Jiahua was found to use nothing but water and chemicals in its wines, which were sold at the bargain basement price of 10RMB ($1.50).

There doesn't seem to be much regulation in this industry if you can get plonk that cheap.

Huang Weidong, an expert in the wine industry from the China Alcoholic Drinks Industry Association, said that the additives could cause headaches and irregular heart beats, as well as cancer.
While Changli and the Chinese wine industry will get a bad rap, perhaps the hardest hit will be the villagers employed at these so-called wineries, who won't have jobs now after this latest scandal. There probably won't be any orders of wine from this area for the upcoming Spring Festival, when many buy wines for gatherings and bribes.
One would think that after the milk scandal in 2008 that companies in all sectors would realize that adulterating or tampering with their products only has short-term gains; it is the integrity of the company and its product that will see it last for the long term.
The biggest benefactor will be Hong Kong, as Chinese connoisseurs will only drive up the prices of wines here.
Tainted toothpaste, milk and now wine. What will they think of next?

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