Justice Comes To Wine As The Fat Man Goes Down

AndersonI like Justice.

Real justice, the kind that provides an appropriate response to a dastardly act, feels good. And it makes you believe that civilization is a good thing, despite its occasional tendencies to roll off the rail.

Today, it appears, some justice was meted out. And I'm feeling good.

Back in 2005 a fire destroyed a wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. More than $100 Million in wine was destroyed. At the time one of my clients was the great Saintsbury Vineyards, a California Pinot Noir pioneer and producer of outstanding wines. They lost their entire library of back vintages in the fire. Everything. And they were not alone. Numerous wineries lost not only their library wines but also their current and their about-to-be-released vintages.

It turns out that fire was set by a fat, unattractive man named Mark C. Anderson.

At what must have been the sentencing hearing for Anderson, Ted Hall of Long Meadow Ranch in Napa, who lost two vintages and his library of wines had this to say:

"This was a crime against families: those that owned the businesses and many everyday working men and Warehousewomen who helped us produce these irreplaceable wines. It has taken us years to recover from the fire… We nearly lost a lifetime of work… May his sentence reflect the havoc he wreaked and may it be long to reflect the lasting damage to our lives.”

The fat, pony-tailed Mr. Anderson started the fire in the Vallejo warehouse where he was storing his clients' wines. He began a wine storage business in Sausalito, but eventually moved the wines to the Vallejo warehouse. The tale is quite sordid.

The rotund Mr. Anderson has been in a Sacramento jail since 2009 when he could not pay the $500,000 bail that had been set. It looks like he'll be staying there or in some other accommodation with bars.

The Court sentenced him to 27 years and ordered him to pay $70 million in damages. While it's unlikely that the $70 Million will ever get paid, we can at least rest happy with the knowledge that he will likely spend the remainder of his life behind bars with only a bed, a toilet and a pretty cellmate to keep him company.


15 Responses

  1. Cody Rasmussen - February 7, 2012

    One gets the feeling the felon was overweight.

  2. richard - February 8, 2012

    Wow this is insane. I hadn’t heard about this before. Thanks for posting.

  3. lisa smillie - February 8, 2012

    Yeah, I get that he was fat, but why did he start the fire where his own clients’ wine was stored? Insurance scam? Insane as well as fat? ???

  4. Nick - February 8, 2012

    Like one of the Founding Father of Fat.

  5. EV - February 8, 2012

    Hi there, I just came here in this blog and read it for a while. I don’t have much knowledge but I like the way you describe this…

  6. business process outsourcing - February 9, 2012

    i have gone through this and its very informative thanks for sharing this with us

  7. Scott - February 10, 2012

    The moral of the story: never trust fat, unattractive people.

  8. zoeldar - February 10, 2012

    The backstory is actually more pertinent to the Wine trade…as I understand it, he was siphoning off bottles (from library collections) and selling…he was nabbed via a Chicago auction house when a number of collectors raised questions about the source of his rare vintages…
    Shows the value of a connected/educated wine community, the risks inherent in a broad, laisse-faire marketplace, and the obvious range of characters involved in the trade. This is much better press than the reality he was obese and fuggly…c’mon, Tom, you’re better than this…
    Z

  9. David Vergari - February 10, 2012

    What? No dissing of his lame-ass pony-tail?

  10. David - February 10, 2012

    Seems like you really hate fat people. Weird post.

  11. Derek - February 10, 2012

    As a fat, and not overly attractive person, I have to ask something. How is that the moral of the story? I think that fact that he was immoral, a thief and a liar might be better reasons not to trust him.

  12. Scott - February 13, 2012

    Derek,
    I don’t personally agree with the moral of the story; just summing up what seemed the gist of the story as reported by Wark Communications.

  13. Charlie Olken - February 13, 2012

    Let’s face it. Mark Anderson DESTROYED $100 million dollars of people’s hard earned assets, the equivalent in some cases to their life savings, all to cover his own thievery.
    I don’t care what he is called. It is not strong enough. And arguing about nomenclature is ridiculous. The story is that he was a miserable, vindictive, immoral asshole. Got it yet?

  14. David - February 13, 2012

    Oh Charlie you forgot he’s fat too.

  15. Charlie Olken - February 14, 2012

    How could I have forgotten?


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