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Wine forgery is rife – here's how to avoid it

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still prevalent today and it’s not just a collectors’ problem, restricted to rare and valuable bottles sold at auction. The most common wine cheat is thought to be using grapes from cheap areas to make wine that is labelled with a more prestigious appellation.

The trade in bulk wine has often been accused of covering up cases of passing-off, with riper grapes from sunnier countries or regions adding stuffing to thin vintages from appellations with more saleable names.

In the six months from December 2020 to May 2021, a joint Europol-Interpol operation seized 1.7 million litres of counterfeit drinks, most of it wine and vodka.

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