Forklift Drops $1M Worth of Red Wine

Australian shiraz reduced to boozy mess
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2011 11:00 AM CDT
Thankfully, the $1 million shipment of Mollydooker Wines was insured.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – There's no use crying over spilled milk, but spilled wine? That's another story. Especially when it's $1 million worth. An unsteady forklift dropped a container full of fine Australian wine, smashing most of the bottles. Sparky Marquis of Mollydooker Wines tells the AP that when workers opened up the dropped container, "it was like a murder scene. There was red everywhere."

The winemaker is "gut-wrenched, shocked and numb" after losing a third of his Velvet Glove Shiraz production. The accident demolished all but one of the 462 cases bound for the United States—and each bottle sells for $200. On the upside, the wine was fully insured; on the downside, the accident has crippled Mollydooker's US launch in September, and will reportedly impact the wine market in Australia.

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