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By: CA Wine of the Month Club

Thu, 22 Mar 2012 13:07:19 +0000

Finally a place with stupider wine laws than Maryland! I hope they don’t get any ideas here.



By: Terroirist » Daily Wine News: Bordeaux Cools

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:20:58 +0000

[...] From Dr. Vino: "Sun Xitai, a 62-year-old businessman in China has been sentenced to life in prison... [for] bringing about $7 million worth of wine from Hong Kong to mainland China and failing to pay sufficient duty.” [...]



By: This Vine Life

Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:38:12 +0000

China believes its ok to counterfeit and steal US property rights and movies but not ok for a person to import wine. So there solution is to let hackers go free and to sentence a wine importer to life imprison. Just from an economic stand point, the wine importer was paying some taxes, the hackers pay none. I think I would cut a deal with the wine importer and put away the hackers or make them pay some sort of tax.



By: Winepine

Tue, 17 Jan 2012 03:28:33 +0000

Wow. Stiff sentence. It's sort of ironic that he's not going to prison for the actual counterfeiting, he's going to prison for not giving the Chinese government their cut!



By: Dr. Vino

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:20:11 +0000

Jack, Yes, a lot of time for the crime of Bordeaux. If it were Burgundy, however.. Quizicat - funny! Lisa - Somehow I doubt that Mr. Sun will become a cause celebre for excessive punishment. Kris - Yes, if the authorities are cracking down on tax evasion, perhaps counterfeiting be next? The LA Times had a story about the extent of counterfeiting in China the other day: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jan/14/business/la-fi-china-counterfeit-wine-20120115



By: Andrea

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 18:00:13 +0000

One word: insane.



By: Kris Chislett

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 15:20:28 +0000

Wow! They don't mess about over there, do they!?!? I've been making and bottling my own counterfeit "Screaming Eagle" in my bathtub, and selling it without paying taxes. I guess all good things must come to an end...



By: Lisa Cline

Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:31:48 +0000

Sad that a man trying to bring a little liquid joy to China will spend the rest of his life in prison for not giving China their "cut". Sounds like Cosa Nostra. I hope an international outcry will aide his cause. Doubtful, but I'd like to hope.



By: Quizicat

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 20:51:42 +0000

Finally a place with stupider wine laws than Maryland! I hope they don't get any ideas here. Puritanism and crony capitalism. It's a constant struggle.



By: Jack Bulkin

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 19:36:28 +0000

Bordeaux is not worth an afternoon in a patrol car let alone life in prison. Geez, that's a tough sentence. What a way to give away the remainder of one's life.