A counterfeit wine scam in Liverpool was uncovered when 'chewing gum' was found in a bottle of rose. The 'gum' was found by a person who bought the bottle from a shop in north Liverpool.
Trading Standards officers raided the shop and seized 50 75cl bottles which were on sale for £5 each. Initial tests show the so-called wine had oxidised giving a vinegar smell. It has been sent for tests, a spokesman for Liverpool City Council said.
The wine came from well-known Liverpool vintners Calm Downes. They have strongly refuted the claims. CEO Mike Orksoff told us, "Each and every bottle of wine is sealed by just one person in our company. He fits the tops with his teeth. Unfortunately he has recently been suffering with bronchitis, so the most likely cause for the lumps in the bottles is not Chewing Gum but Lung Butter. Hence the taste."
If the tests for chewing gum prove negative the bottles will be resold as 'Wrigglers Sputum Extra'.