French wine producers guilty of mislabeling

• From the Reuters news service:

CARCASSONNE, FRANCE -- A dozen wine producers and traders were found guilty of having supplied an American trader with mislabeled "Pinot Noir" wines, and six were handed a suspended prison sentence.

In a rare case pitting local producers from the southwest of France against the big U.S. trader E&J Gallo, the president of the criminal court ... said ... "there has been fraud."

In 2008, French customs found that during three years some 13.5 million liters, or about 3.6 million gallons, of mislabeled wine had been sold to Gallo. The producers and traders were accused of deliberately mislabeling the wine with a more expensive variety of grape.

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