Some embarrassing wine news came out of France this past week when a French court found 12 French winemakers guilty of running a scam
that involved intentionally mislabeling wine bottles being sold to the American market. In 2008 French investigators noticed that the volume of pinot noir coming out of a certain region of the country were much higher than expected, and after a yearlong investigation it came to light that the winemakers were cutting the pinot noir with less expensive merlot and shiraz.
The wine giant E&J Gallo
, who bought the wine and sold it to consumers under the Red Bicyclette
label, has said that they're "deeply disappointed" by the fraud and are no longer selling Red Bicyclette to their customers.