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Watchdog bans sale of 'wine' that isn't.

THE UK's wine watchdog has banned the sale of a low alcohol drink in a row over manufacturing rules.

Sovio, a Chilean distilled "wine" which contains just 8% alcohol, has been removed from wine lists on the orders of the Wine Standards Branch of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which believes it can't be classed as a genuine "wine".

The alcohol reduction process used to make Sovio is unauthorized in the UK under EU law, although it is permitted in France and Spain.

Neither country is allowed to export it, though.

The producer, Croydon-based Sovio Wines, said today it plans a judicial review to overturn the decision.

The company, headed by California-based wine expert Tony Dann, has invested pounds 500,000 in the venture and employs four people
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 1, 2007
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