Mr.& Mrs.Smith are victims of wine fraud

Mr.& Mrs.Smith are victims of wine fraud


It鈥檚 almost ros茅 season鈥攂ut are you drinking the real deal?

Fake bottles of Brangelina鈥檚 best selling Miraval Ros茅 are reportedly being sold by Chinese counterfeiters overseas.

According to the Independent, the Perrin family– Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie鈥檚 wine producing partners– recently discovered evidence of fake bottles of the limited edition wine being advertised in China.

鈥淲e are already seeing evidence of faked bottles being produced and distributed in China, so we have moved swiftly to counter it,鈥 winemaker Marc Perrin told The scale of the fraud still remains unknown.

In 2014, Miraval Ros茅 retailed for about $21 in the U.S. but this year鈥檚 harvest鈥攁n organic blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Rolle grapes鈥攕ells for about $27. To prevent further wine fraud, new bottles are being engraved with a signature hallmark set into the bottom of the glass bottle to further distinguish it from counterfeit editions.

Other factors to look for on the authentic bottle include a 鈥渄iscreet鈥 black, white and gold circular label. The wine is a light salmon pink color and the back label should read 鈥淏ottled by Jolie-Pitt et Perrin.鈥

Since its introduction in 2012, Miraval has sold out of stores around the globe. Some liquor markets even have waiting lists as newer vintages become available. In 2012, it was the highest ranking ros茅 on Wine Spectator鈥檚 annual Top 100 wines list. Brangelina also produce a white wine called Lady Jane and another ros茅 called Pink Floyd鈥攁 nod to the band that recorded part of their album “The Wall” at the Miraval Chateau the couple purchased in 2008.

The Jolie-Pitts are not alone, however, with the Independent reporting that fraudulent activity has affected all aspects of the wine industry in recent years.

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