The National Bureau of Investigation seized 153 bottles of expensive Chilean wines valued at P600,000 in a raid at a wine store in Binondo, Manila.
The NBI -Intellectual Property Rights Division raided the Solid White Marketing located at Soler Street, Binondo, and confiscated several crates of Los Vascos Le Dix wines along with other expensive French wines.
A bottle of Los Vasco wine costs P5,000, but the raided store is found to be selling the expensive Chilean and French wines at lower prices, violating the law against unfair competition, according to the NBI report.
Armed with a search warrant issued by a Quezon City court, the NBI conducted the raid based on a complaint from the French winemaker Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) which was supposed to be the partner o Solid White Marketing as the exclusive distributor.
However, the owner of the wine store was selling the wines at a lower price in violation of unfair competition under Sec. 168 of Republic Act No. 8283 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines.
“Unfair competition consists in employing deception or any other means contrary to good faith by which any person shall pass off the goods manufactured by him or in which he deals, or his business, or services for those of the one having established goodwill, or committing any acts calculated to produce such result, according to the NBI.
Other wines seized were Los Vascos Grand Reserve, Los Vasco Cabarnet Sauvignon and Blason d’ Aussieres, the NBI said.
“Domaines Barons de Rothschild is the owner of Chateau Lafite, the top Bordeaux First Growth. With the LafiteSpirit of producing high quality wines, full of finesse and elegance, Domaines Baron Rothschild acquired various vineyards in Chile [Los Vascos], Argentina [Bodegas Caro], Languedoc, France [Domaine d’ Aussieres] & Bordeaux [Lafite Legende, Reserve Speciale & Saga] and crafted wines to be distributed as daily drinking wines via exclusive country distributor,” the NBI report said..
These wines have earned high accolades with the international media and connoisseurs alike, NBI said.