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Friday, July 3, 2009

GOSH: The late Michael Jackson's involvement with Moonwalk Cellared in Canada wine


TRAWNA – (GOSH Wine News Service) – The "Fallout" from the death of the late, lamented Michael Jackson continues. GOSH Wine News Service has just learned that The King of Pop (Junior Division) had invested in a new winery operation in Ontario.


Top investigative wine reporter Brett Grimsby has been following this story, and he files his material based on several interviews with sources who are familiar with the situation, and who spoke to him on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge details while they were very close to the centre of discussions and while the matter under consideration had not yet been finalized nor announced to the public. While the decisions may or may not have been finalized internally, and while an announcement on the matter may or may not be imminent, possibly within the next week or two, that specific timeline is not really known.


Apparently, Jackson was impressed by the fine showing made here by the wine celebrities Gretzky, Weir and Aykroyd. He too wanted to be a winemaker and to create his mark on the Canadian landscape. The winery, to be based in Sudbury, was to be known as "Moonwalk", but it was to specialize just in "Cellared in Canada" wines.


Jackson had been led to believe that he could physically shelter his money in a wine cellar in Canada, but that to do so, he had to invest in a winery that would ostensibly be above board and offer only "Cellared in Canada" wines. Not knowing what that term meant, Jackson and his handlers stuffed millions of dollars into the operation, along with an equal investment in a TetraPak bottling line.


The Jackson Family are crying "foul", which is probably an apt tasting description of the wine known as "Moonwalk". Both red and white wines were to be offered.


At the same time, the two major CIC wine associations are fighting to represent the lucrative wine contract. The Association for Cellared in Canada Wines (ACCW) is disputing the legality of the Cellared in Canada Wine Association (CICWA). ACCW claims an exclusive charter for foreign representation, while CICWA claims to represent the rights of foreign offshore products through the DOP program. This matter has been before the courts for years.


But the Jackson handlers never did due diligence. ACCW now claims that it can determine where the foreign content for newly established "Cellared in Canada" wines can come from, while CICWA claims that due to the Jackson US citizenship and state residence, that "Moonwalk" wine must come from California. Sources tell Grimsby that a Solomon court ruling will most likely mean that the 70% red wine component will be ACCW-derived, and can come from anywhere. The 70% white wine component will be CICWA-derived, and must come from California.


Legalists, who claim to gain the most from court costs, litigations, and resolutions, predict that this imbroglio will further decay the relationships among the Jackson Family, and lead to an all-out war between ACCW and CICWA in the "Cellared in Canada" wine campaign. Expect price reductions right across Canada, as "Moonwalk" attempts to take on the rest of the "Cellared in Canada" products.


Meanwhile, sources are keeping tight-lipped about the development of "Charlie's Winesluts", a new Cellared in Canada wine that was supposed to be backed by the late Farrah Fawcett, but seemed to get lost in the media shuffle-kerfuffle of Michael Jackson's "Moonwalk" Cellared in Canada wine.


More on this development as it happens…


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