Leading US winery conned into buying fake wine

E&J Gallo, the leading US winery, has been conned into buying 18 million bottles of plonk which had been repackaged as pinot noir. In one of the most far-reaching scandals to have hit French vineyards in years, the executives from the Languedoc-Roussillon region were found to have made a €7 million profit through a fraud which lasted from January 2006 until March 2008. Overall, 13.5 million litres of fake wine were shipped to the US to be drunk by unsuspecting US consumers.

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