Text Size:-+
10.18.2010

There's Good Wine Problems. And Bad Ones.

I'm sure most of us would love to be in the position of the Japanese government, who recently discovered that they had too much expensive wine on their hands.

Apparently entertaining with wine is serious business if you're a Japanese diplomat. At least, that is, if you're in France or New York. Apparently the Japanese mission in France kept 7896 bottles on hand at the Ambassador's residence "just in case." Official embassy records show them serving only 289 bottles to guests last year, according to Japan Today.

Having too many bottles of wine is really only a problem if you can't drink them, which apparently was true for their New York Ambassador, who had to get rid of 198 bottles (for which they paid $24,000) because of their "deteriorated condition."

Now I don't know about you, but if I had the means to buy $24k worth of wine, I'd damn well make sure I had a wine fridge to put it in. No wonder the government auditors who discovered all this were pissed.

Of course, things could be worse. You could be (accidentally?) killing your guests with the wine you serve them.

Apparently 14 Cambodian celebrants at a spiritual ceremony to ask for protection for their children were killed after drinking rice wine tainted with toxic chemicals. Apparently the homemade wine was poured into bottles that had previously contained a poisonous herbicide. Twenty more are in the hospital. Awful.


Comments (2)

wineguider wrote:
10.21.10 at 8:35 AM

Just 289 bottles out of 7,900 served in a year -- not even a bottle a day! What a shame! I guess even a healthy "save save save" mentality can be taken to unfortunate extremes.

Tyler Long wrote:
10.22.10 at 12:46 PM

Wow! It almost seems the Japanese government is scamming the whole country. SOMEone had to pay for all that wine!

Tyler Long
Norcross GA

Comment on this entry

(will not be published)
(optional -- Google will not follow)
Yes
 

Type the characters you see in the picture above.

Pre-Order My Book!

small_covershot_dropshadow.jpg A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.

Follow Me On:

Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram Delectable Flipboard

Most Recent Entries

Taste Washington Day One in Brief Vinography Images: Trailing Vine Checking On Some Older CA Pinot Noir Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vinography Images: Tuscan Garden IPOB - The Tasting That Became a Movement Does Vine Age Matter? Vinography Images: The Future Vineyard A Little Vinography Housekeeping 2014 Rhone Rangers Tasting: April 6, Richmond, CA

Favorite Posts From the Archives

Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 Királyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy

Archives by Month

 

Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson The World's Greatest Wine Estates by Robert M. Parker, Jr.