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Winemakers Sparky Marquis and his wife Sarah were devastated when they got word that more than one million dollars worth of the fruits of their labor were destroyed while being loaded for shipment. PerthNow.com.au reports that 462 cases of 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz wine smashed to the ground when a forklift malfunction occurred while it was being loaded up for shipment to the U.S. An employee with the company said it was horrible luck that out of the hundreds of pallets they load every day, which are usually just bags of sand, the only “premium container” had to be the one that was getting loaded when the forklift malfunction occurred.
Sparky and Sarah, who sell their Velvet Glove Shiraz for $185 a bottle, lost one-third of their annual production because of the accident. Fortunately, the vintage was insured.