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04.17.2005

Forget Pirated Software, Watch Out For Pirated Wine

That is, if you live in China. Apparently tired of ripping off Microsoft Office and the latest Hollywood blockbusters, the Chinese have shifted their focus to another (really?) highly sought after product: Canadian Ice Wine. Yeah. Go figure. The knockoffs, which would never get far in the US with labels like "Whistler Estates Canada ice wine, Niagara Fall Pensula Rocky Mountain ice wine" [sic], have managed to significantly undermine sales of the real deal in China. The schizophrenic geography just doesn't trigger alarm bells after translation I guess.

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Comments (3)

Fiorenzo wrote:
04.18.05 at 12:34 PM

The most comic part is (probably) this:
"When customers call the company, they are assured that the product is completely Canadian. Its managers boast that "two Canadian experts" are supervising the production process, although they acknowledge that "some Chinese water" is used in the process."

Pamela wrote:
04.20.05 at 3:47 PM

Unfortunately with all the "newly" monied chinese elite, they don't understand standards or quality control. A "high price" is their quality control.

vinofyl wrote:
04.28.05 at 3:24 PM

Wonder if this is as good as the Great Wall Cabernet Sauvignon? As I recall, it was about $5 per bottle and nearly drinkable.

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