Last week, I talked about modern wine fraud. Well, it turns out that wine fraud has been around for a long time. Pliny the Elder, a Roman naval officer and scientist who famously died in A.D. 79 on the waters just outside of Pompeii during the famous Vesuvian eruption, is quoted as lamenting wine fraud even in his day. Falernian wine at the time was one of the most coveted Italian wines (sadly no longer in existence), and Pliny is thought to have voiced irritation that even the most affluent nobles couldn’t be sure that they were buying the real deal.
Wine fraud in some form or another has been around forever. Sometimes more or less benign, and sometimes downright dangerous to the consumer, wine fraud has a history of its own. [Read more…]