The Prosecco Police Are Coming For You

An Italian special agent has been tasked by the government to patrol bars and restaurants as part of a crackdown on fake Prosecco wine. prosecco-polceDubbed by Italian media “007 Prosecco”, Andrea Battistella, 28, is paid to make sure that customers are served the original sparkling wine and not one of its cheaper imitations.

“[I’ve] to act swiftly to stop this scourge,” Battistella an oenology graduate said. “ impoverish Prosecco’s image and damage consumers.”

Battistella has been given public security agent powers by Italy’s agriculture ministry to check that the white wine comes only in bottles sporting the certifying DOC label and is not served from a carafe or on tap.

He is to make surprise visits to supermarkets and wine bars across the whole Veneto region and refer violations to authorities. Fake Prosecco sellers face up to €20,000 ($25,000) fines.

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