Fake Richmond winery exporting knock off ice wine to China facing foreclosure

By Amy Chen

A Richmond, BC-based fake “winery” that gained infamy for mixing sugar with wine to create knock-off ice wine is facing foreclosure, according to legal proceedings filed by a Vancouver credit union in court today.

Vancity credit union has named Canadian Ridgeside Winery Company Ltd, as one of the respondents in the petition claiming over $2.45 million from the winery’s owners.

The BC winery gained notoriety after Canada’s largest ice wine producer Pillitteri Estates Winery caught Ridgeside Winery selling the counterfeit product at the Chengdu Wine and Spirits Show[1]http://business.financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/vintners-act-to-block-counterfeits-as-chinas-thirst-for-canadian-ice-wine-grows

Pillitteri Estates Winery, based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, successfully shut down an attempt by Ridgeway Winery to register a trademark in 2015[2]http://www.ic.gc.ca/app/opic-cipo/trdmrks/srch/viewTrademark.html?id=1681075&lang=eng

Canadian Ridgeside Winery Company Ltd is currently located at 12200 Riverside Way, where the Grand Ballroom one stood, and owned by a company called Yangtze Capital Holding Inc, according to corporate records.

The mortgage, registered in 2015, was guaranteed by Jiaming “Helen” Zhou, listed as the owner of Yangtze Capital Holding Inc, Yingxiong Feng, Tao Li, and Yinghua Yu.

Feng and Zhou are also listed as directors of Yingxiong Investment Enterprise Inc, whose address – a single-desk office in Aberdeen Square – is shared by many other companies including Ridgeside Winery in the past[3]https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9131809.

We found an active job posting Ridgeside Winery for a sales manager “to develop and implement all sales programs and strategies and lead a sales team to dedicate to the business expansion and profitability especially focusing in exporting wine to China market.”[4]http://www.vanpeople.com/c/1469533.html

We also found that Ridgeside ice wines are being sold on the popular Chinese online marketplace JD.com for RMB 449 ($122) a bottle[5]https://item.jd.com/1445549662.html

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References   [ + ]

1. http://business.financialpost.com/commodities/agriculture/vintners-act-to-block-counterfeits-as-chinas-thirst-for-canadian-ice-wine-grows
2. http://www.ic.gc.ca/app/opic-cipo/trdmrks/srch/viewTrademark.html?id=1681075&lang=eng
3. https://www.ic.gc.ca/app/scr/cc/CorporationsCanada/fdrlCrpDtls.html?corpId=9131809
4. http://www.vanpeople.com/c/1469533.html
5. https://item.jd.com/1445549662.html

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