Rotten: Reign of Terror
October 16, 2019 6:22 PM - Season 2, Episode 2 - Subscribe

In the south of France, frustrated winegrowers go to extremes to stave off cheap imports from Spain and new competition from China.

Issues covered in this episode:

Up to 4.6m bottles of Spanish rosé wine have been labelled as French and sold in French cafes, hotels and restaurants, officials say. The findings come from France's anti-fraud directorate after a two-year inquiry into producers, importers, traders and distributors. While most wines were correctly labelled, up to 3.45m litres of Spanish wine was disguised as French.
-Millions of Spanish wine bottles sold off as French rosé (BBC)

And they’re not just fighting for a livelihood. During an April wine-dumping incident — not the first in CRAV’s history — several trucks were painted with the words “vin non-conforme,” or “non-compliant wine,” with the allegation that the imported Spanish wine was “mixing their wine with products from Latin America without advertising that to customers.”
-Unmasking France’s Violent Wine Extremists (VinePair)

DWWA 2019 vice-chair Michael Hill Smith MW commented, “Australia has always been strong here, it’s always done well here, but it’s also exciting to see the rise of China and other wines and that’s part of the fun of doing wine competitions like this.”

China noticeably improved from the 2018 competition with more entries from more wine regions, and an increase in overall medals won, including a 10% increase in Silver medals. This year two wines received Gold medals – a Marselan from Ningxia and intriguingly, a Vidal icewine from Liaoning.

-Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2019 winners announced (
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