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Wine officials in France and Italy battlling counterfeiters

St. Julian, a Michigan made wine
St. Julian, a Michigan made wine

UNDATED (WKZO) -- Have you ever gotten stuck with fake wine? Would you know it if you did?

When you buy a bottle of Michigan wine, at least you know what you are getting.

When you buy something from Europe, you may not.  You may be getting a bogus beaujolais or a pretend pinot noir. 

Police in Italy have just seized 30-thousand bottles of what they call 'fake wine' that was due to be shipped to the U.S.

It is cheap wine bottled to look like the expensive stuff and priced to sell at the higher rate.

French sources say as much as 20% of the wine on the international market may be a rip off.

Now that the U.S. has just become the biggest wine consumer on the planet, and most people wouldn’t know the difference between a Chateau Neuf du Pap and Bulgarian table wine, its buyer beware, and every somolier and oenophile for himself.