Wednesday, 24 June 2015

24.6.15 Dia de la Manzanilla; Civil Guard Impound Falsified Sherry

There’s only one thing better than a Manzanilla Day, and that’s three. The event will run from Friday 26th June till Sunday 28th and lots of activities are planned: visits to the Guzman Palace, Bodegas, Goyatherapy and tastings. The idea is for Sanluqueños and visitors to know more about and appreciate their city and what it makes – while having a good time. The mayor, Víctor Mora has encouraged all the locals to become ambassadors for Manzanilla wherever they go.

Seprona (a division of the Guardia Civil) has been running “Operación Resaca” (hangover) to investigate how “Manzanilla especial para rebujito” (rebujito = Sherry mixed with 7 UP or similar, widely drunk at Ferias) could be sold to feria stallholders for less than the cost of its production. Seprona, which has been working in conjunction with the Junta Ministry of Health and the Consejo Regulador, has impounded 41,000 litres of wine with falsified Denominación de Origen Jerez and Manzanilla.

A man has been charged with offenses of industrial impropriety, consumer fraud and unhygienic production, storage and bottling, and his operation has been closed down. There are two fundamental problems with this kind of activity. Genuine producers cannot compete on price and thus lose sales, and it damages the image of a legendary wine which gives employment to many families.

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