An inspection carried out by the China National Administration for Industry and Commerce found that only 29 per cent of the bottles sold as quality imported wine in hotels and restaurants were the real thing, Beijing Star Daily reported. The administration's inspectors visited 50 outlets in Beijing, Shenyang, Zhengzhou and Chengdu. Beijing came out best, but even there only 60 per cent of the wine was authentic.
The inspectors found that the faking was often done by restaurant staff who transferred cheap wine into expensive bottles. The administration said that it was launching a crackdown on agents and dealers and offenders would be punished.