Is this not fraud?

October 29th, 2009 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

NZPA report:

An Australian writer’s latest book recommends several New Zealand wines, some of which had not even been bottled when it was released.

While reviewing ’s The Juice 2010 in August, The Listener’s wine writer noticed the review copy had been released earlier than some of the wines it described.

“So, how could they have been tasted by Skinner, who lives in Australia, chosen as his best buys and gone through the whole writing, editing, printing, promotional process before someone like me in New Zealand has tasted them?” Cooper asked.

Cooper contacted the book’s British publisher and was told previous editions had been criticised for being out of date, so this time they decided to confirm the vintage and price ahead of time.

“Just one problem, Matt: you haven’t tasted the wine,” Cooper wrote.

I think authorities should treat this as a case of . Skinner is selling a book purporting to be based on someone having sampled the wine.

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11 Responses to “Is this not fraud?”

  1. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    Yes, I think it’s fraud.

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  2. MT_Tinman (3,130 comments) says:

    Unless the writer claims to have tasted the wines the test must be is he correct.

    Is he?

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  3. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    Every day in New Zealand some men in funny clothes claim they can magically transform wine in to blood. I have tasted both, it is a con. Is this fraud? Should they be prosecuted?

    I think the authorities sholud treat THIS as a case of fraud.

    [DPF: Off topic trolling 10 demerits]

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  4. Swiftman the infidel (329 comments) says:

    To quote that commie wanka ‘It’s the most forgivable kind of fraud’.

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  5. fizzleplug (72 comments) says:

    As long as bookstores sell it as fiction then there is no problem.

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  6. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    kick back city

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  7. thedavincimode (6,700 comments) says:

    Can’t tell untill we see his expenses claim.

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  8. bearhunter (853 comments) says:

    Perhaps he visited the wineries and had barrel/tank samples. Not trying to defend him, but am more intrigued with Cooper’s bleating about “…before someone like me in New Zealand has tasted them?” I’ve tasted wines that won’t be released until next year.

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  9. Jack5 (5,052 comments) says:

    It’s not so bad if there is a comprehensive a bib-lie-ography at the back of the book.

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  10. kiwicraig (52 comments) says:

    Good point bearhunter. I’ve had wine direct from the barrels both in NZ and overseas…

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  11. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    Is that the famous Craig of the NZ Wine Fan Club?

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