Monks' sin over 'false' tonic wine
Thursday 22 August 1996
The sweet honey-and-tonic wine made by monks at their ancient abbey in Devon is sold all over the world. But trading standards investigators discovered that some of the tonic wine sold for export had never been to the abbey, despite a label on the bottle that claimed: "Made by Benedictine Monks, Buckfast Abbey".
Magistrates at Dorchester, Dorset, heard that the imported French wine base was usually taken to the abbey where a secret recipe of spices was added by the monks. However, batches destined for the Caribbean were prepared in Bristol, and then bottled at Dorchester.
J Chandler and Co, of Dorchester, admitted two counts of applying a false description on the labels. The magistrates fined the company pounds 3,000 and ordered it to pay pounds 430 costs.
Caroline Gibson, for the defence, said that the offending labels had now been reworded to read, more accurately: "Made to an original recipe of the monks of Buckfast Abbey".
Tony Joyce, a director of J Chandler, criticised the prosecution, saying that the case had been an over-reaction to a minor and unintentional mistake.
He said: "The prosecution should never have been brought. A friendly phone call would have sufficed."
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
- 2 Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Loom bands: Bids for dress made from colourful rubber pass £170,000 on eBay
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Gaza-Israel conflict: The terrible price Palestinian children are paying for Israel’s war with Hamas
Iraq crisis: Government forces execute 255 Sunni prisoners in revenge for Isis atrocities, says report
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
£70000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Information Security Manager (ISO 27001, A...
£30000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...
£60000 - £80000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Integration...
£75000 - £85000 per annum + ex bens: Deerfoot IT Resources Limited: Biztalk Te...