Turning water into wine?

10 December 2008 at 9:53 pm 8 comments

Ciao Bloggisti!

Just a quick post to say hi and let you know that I haven’t forgotten you. I am just snowed under, literally and figuratively, these days.  There was a major snowfall this morning and it took me 4 hrs to get to work this morning instead of the usual 45 min. Grrrr!!!

But this news item from the Toronto Star  soon made me forget my winter blues. It was so funny that I just had to share it with you:

Ontario’s Liquor Control Board is recalling an Italian wine, but not for the usual reasons.

Some of the 1,500 ml bottles of 2007 D’Aquino Pinot Grigio delle Venezie are nothing but water.

George Soleas, the board’s vice-president of quality assurance, said yesterday there is no risk to the public.

“Basically, the chemical testing we have done, that was quite extensive, shows it is just tap water.”

“The only reason we decided to do the public recall is because we stand behind the quality of our products 100 per cent,” Soleas said.

“And a lot of these products, because they are Christmas items, they are going to be gifted and I didn’t want to have people surprised on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve opening this product and finding water instead of wine.

“It was a human error basically, it wasn’t a tampering issue at all,” he added.

The problem was at the bottling plant where the bottles are flushed out with water.

“I guess someone was waiting for Jesus to turn it into wine,” he joked.

Oops!!!

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Frances  |  11 December 2008 at 12:50 am

    RE: Snow
    It belongs on mountaintops, Christmas cards and in movies.

    RE: Water in Wine Bottles
    Yikes!!!

    Waving at you from a rainy New York,
    Frances

    I adore snow when I don’t have to drive to work. But today it’s raining in Milan so it makes me feel a little like a New Yorker!

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  • 2. nyc/caribbean ragazza  |  11 December 2008 at 10:21 am

    Ha. that is too funny.

    I am so over this winter storm. Hope your return trip home was shorter.

    It only took me 40 min to get home, thank goodness!! I heard you guys are in for some nasty weather today in Rome. Stay indoors if you can!

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  • 3. Beatriz  |  11 December 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I feel your pain! My son’s school was closed for the day, so we just stayed home and baked a cake… Funny about the bottled water-wine.

    I should have stayed home, too! But my kids’ schools were open so I could have had the house to myself. Peccato!

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  • 4. Joanne at Frutto della Passione  |  11 December 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Can you imagine the reactions? How funny, are sure someone wasn’t being *furbo*?

    Yeah, they probably thought it was some new trend in wine-making. Now that would have been some “furbo” marketing. ;)

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  • 5. michelle of bleeding espresso  |  11 December 2008 at 1:56 pm

    That is *hilarious*! Can you imagine tasting it?

    “Honey, this wine tastes a little…bland….”

    Knowing Canadians, they probably would have said something just like that. We’re usually very polite complainers :)

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  • 6. LuLu  |  11 December 2008 at 4:57 pm

    I had a little laugh when I heard this on the radio! Question is, what happened to all the wine that was supposed to be in the bottles? *hiccup* :)

    Ith’s a myssstery!

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  • 7. Cherrye at My Bella Vita  |  15 December 2008 at 1:04 pm

    ha ha. Talk about bruta figura! Here is a bottle of WATER I got you for Christmas! lol

    I know! Why do Canadians always get the short end of the stick? Maybe they thought we wouldn’t have noticed ;)

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  • 8. Sue  |  18 December 2008 at 8:25 am

    The Jesus joke was necessary in that circumstance. I would have been appalled if no one mentioned it! :)

    Toronto – snow storm warning this Friday…. aahhhhh!

    Look on the bright side. At least you don’t need to shovel :)

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