Feds crush counterfeit wine

R Street's Kevin Kosar:

On Dec. 10, 2015 in Creedmoor, Texas, the U.S. government destroyed more than 500 bottles of wine. The image of a massive sledge falling upon bottles of wine, and the resultant destruction elicits pain in our boozy bosoms. WHY, OH, LORD, WHY?

This was not a prohibitionist pique. The wines were destroyed because they were counterfeits. They came from the collection of Rudy Kurniawan, who was convicted of trafficking millions in bogus, rare wines. (Note: Kurniawan should not be confused with Hardy Rodenstock, another wine fraudster whose mega-mischief was described in the book “The Billionaire’s Vinegar"....

Read more at http://www.rstreet.org/op-ed/saloon-series-the-government-is-crushing-the-wine-industry-literally/