24 June 2015 | The zeal of the Swiss Trade Commission leaves one wondering

Ah, media pressure! How many have not succumbed to it in the past? The Swiss Control of the Wine Trade (CSCV) now belongs to the category of weak institutions that kowtow to the media. The directors of the CSCV panicked and lost their wits. They published false and inconsistent figures. Better still, in June 2015 they announced the forthcoming publication, on the CSCV websiteIn the end, however, they published neither the 2014 report nor the statistical supplement (as at September 2015). It has to be said that they have things to hide, that's for sure. They don't really want to go back over their lamentable performance on 4 June 2015 during which, with the sole aim of pleasing journalists, they tried to make people believe that they had changed their practices to learn the lessons from the 'Giroud affair'. But the truth is that they have changed absolutely nothing in their practices, except their communication, which has become calamitous. Instead of explaining and defending the work of winegrowers, they pilloried the entire profession, claiming that one out of every two establishments was in breach of the law. Under pressure from the media, the leaders of the CSCV wanted to redeem themselves. They did so at the expense of the winegrowers. On balance, we'd almost prefer it if they went through with their incompetence and never made public this disgusting and nauseating 2014 report.

Le Temps 24 June 2015

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Dominique Giroud

I'm facing a media storm. I've been wrongly accused of tampering with my wines to make money. Journalists have overdramatised and criticised without any nuance. In so doing, they have tarnished and perhaps ruined forever my reputation as an oenologist. Faced with these accusations, I have decided to publish my version of events on this website.

Readers will be the judge.

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