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04.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

OnWineReport

CRACKING THE CASE OF THE SPILLED WINE

This takes being a disgruntled employee to a whole new level.  Police in Tuscany have arrested a man on suspicion of breaking into the cellar of a producer of a rare and costly red wine and pouring 8O,OOO bottles’ worth on the floor.  Talk about a heartbreaking act of vandalism!  Andrea Di Gisi, 39, was described by police as a former employee of the vineyard, which produces highly praised bottles of Brunello di Montalcino that sell for up to £4O7 (US $654).  Said to be nursing a grudge against the vineyard’s owner, Gianfranco Soldera, after fellow employees were given free lodging at the vineyard, Di Gisi allegedly smashed through armored glass before opening barrels and releasing the 2OO7 to 2O12 vintages.  After the raid suspicion fell on the Italian mafia and on rival producers of Brunello di Montalcino.  But police focused their investigation on Di Gisi, who had allegedly previously argued with Soldera.  Wire tapping his phone, officers are said to have overheard Di Gisi telling a family member that he had washed his trousers after the night of the raid to rid them of wine stains, which he said would come out more easily than blood.  Police are now planning to carry out a forensic examination of the trousers to check for traces of wine. Call it CSI Tuscany.

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