Wine’s secret ingredient leads to bitter end

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More than 40 French wine makers went on trial yesterday, accused of illicitly adding sugar to their grapes before fermentation to boost alcohol levels.

Adding sugar to the fermenting vat is legal but strictly regulated. Several Beaujolais vineyards have been charged with exceeding the permitted dose to produce extra-strength wines. They are also accused of buying hundreds of kilos of sugar in 2004 in an off-the-books black market deal.

Judge Nelly Pradel opened proceedings in Villefranche-sur-Saone with an appeal to the wine makers to respect the rules that have made Beaujolais one of the world’s best known wine regions.

The accused admitted that they used sugar to increase their wines’ alcoholic strength by more than 2 percentage points, but insisted they had followed standard industry practice. The case continues.

Source: Business Report

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~ by tallhorsewines on January 27, 2009.

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