$1 Million Forklift Drop
Earlier this year, a story leaked that a forklift operator dropped over a million dollars worth of wine. It was actually 461 cases of $200/bottle 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz, to be exact.
1985 Diethylene Glycol Wine Scandal
Diethylene glycol (commonly used in anti-freeze) was apparently used by some Austrian wineries in an attempt to "make the wines sweeter and more full-bodied in the style of late harvest wines." The scandal led to a collapse of the reputation of Austrian wines and decreased exports.
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California Warehouse Fire
In 2005, a warehouse fire in Vallejo, CA destroyed over 6 million bottles estimated to be worth close to $100 million. It was later found that the cause of the fire was arson, and Mark Anderson was arrested in 2007. He allegedly started the fire to cover up embezzlement.
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Phylloxera is a pest that targets grapevines nearly everywhere and has been around since the mid-1800s. Thought to have come from the East Coast of North America, these pests suck necessary nutrients and water away from vines and wreak havok on vineyards. These pesky pests wiped out almost all European vineyards in the late 19th century.
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