The wine industry was thrust into the criminal spotlight in this week’s episode of CSI, “In Vino Veritas,” which is Latin for “in wine, there is truth.” The truth in this case was that people pay way too much money for a rare bottle of wine. Personally, though, I’m happy with a pink and fruity glass of white zinfandel, so I might not be the best person to judge.
I certainly don’t have the refined palate of Hodges, who by way of being engaged to an Italian woman suddenly has the ability to identify counterfeit wine by smelling a sample of it that was mopped up off a cellar floor. The fake vintage was part of a major grift ring who bottled supposedly rare wine and sold it to unsuspecting collectors and enthusiasts. The victim led the operation with a brother and sister duo until the sister fell in love with one of the targets and wanted to call it off. When the victim wouldn’t, he got a bottle machine through the hand and a bullet to the chest.