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Counterfeit Crusader and Zachys Settle Suit

Bill Koch ends his lawsuit against auction house after it agrees to change its catalog language

Posted: January 25, 2011  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

New Test Can Identify What Grapes Are in Your Wine

Medical researchers in Texas identify grape varieties by fingerprinting differences in tannins

Posted: December 30, 2010  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Thoughts on Fakes

When finding a bottle purchased years ago is counterfeit, is the wine merchant still obligated to make good?

Posted: April 30, 2010  By James Suckling

I had dinner the other night in L.A. again with my collector buddy from Hong Kong, Hendra Anwar. We went for some pasta at Angelini Osteria restaurant, which is always good. Hendra brought a couple of Burgundies: 2002 Fontaine-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet and 1991 Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes. I brought a bottle of 1997 Antinori Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso Tenuta Belvedere.

But the most interesting part of the evening for our vinous endeavors was Hendra's insistence that the wine merchant who sold him two cases of bogus 1978 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle was still responsible for the sale after 15 years. (For more on that, check out my April 23 blog.) Yes, he bought the wine 15 years ago and he wants it to be replaced, or get a refund.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Real Deal, and a Not so Real Deal

Dining with a friend at Cut in Beverly Hills, we enjoyed some very impressive Burgundies, with one notable fake exception

Posted: April 23, 2010  By James Suckling

My friend was really pissed off. Hendra Anwar, who lives in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, invited me for dinner last night at Cut in Beverly Hills and brought some amazing bottles to drink, including a 1989 Louis Latour Montrachet, 1993 Emmanuel Rouget Echézeaux, and 1978 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle. What almost ruined his night was that the last wine was a rotten fake.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

News Analysis: Christie's Is Counterfeit Crusader's Biggest Target

Bill Koch's new lawsuit alleges German engravers carved Jefferson's initials on bottles and that auction house staff ignored evidence of fake wines

Posted: April 1, 2010  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Koch Sues Christie's Over Alleged Counterfeit Wines

Suit claims two German engravers testify they put "Th.J." on Jefferson Bordeauxs

Posted: March 30, 2010  By Mitch Frank, Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  News

Phony French Pinot Draws Class-Action Suit Against Gallo

Federal alcohol authorities are also investigating the fraud case

Posted: March 8, 2010  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Fraud Abroad Brings Quality Control to Mind

After Gallo's Red Bicyclette scandal, considering when and where quality control, or lack thereof, most damages a wine's reputation

Posted: February 22, 2010  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube looks at the recent Gallo Red Bicyclette scandal and ponders the state of quality control, and pricing for various levels of quality, in the wine industry.

News & Features  :  News

Red Bicyclette Suppliers Convicted

Languedoc wineries and merchants blended cheaper Merlot and Syrah in Pinot Noir for Gallo brand

Posted: February 17, 2010  By Diana Macle, Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Dispatch from Montalcino

Car troubles can't ruin a day of tasting recent Brunello vintages in Montalcino

Posted: February 2, 2010  By James Suckling

Wine Spectator senior editor James Suckling is in Montalcino tasting the 2005 vintage of Brunello (as well as a few more recent vintages), despite some car troubles in the freezing weather.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Another Investigation in Tuscany

Italy's financial police have turned their eyes toward makers of Chianti Classico

Posted: December 14, 2009  By James Suckling

Wine Spectator senior editor James Suckling reports that Italy's financial police are now investigating makers of Chianti in Tuscany based on fraud allegations similar to those which faced some makers of Brunello di Montalcino for two years.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Cautionary Tale, for Consumers and Wineries

As fraud spreads, it's easy to combat

Posted: November 30, 2009  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth discovers that a winery's claims to outstanding Wine Spectator reviews are not always what they seem.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Dealing with the Fear of Fake Wines

Counterfeiting is a problem for trophies, but we can relax and enjoy most wines

Posted: November 25, 2009  By James Suckling

A wine merchant told me a story recently about a customer who wanted to return two cases of 1982 Bordeaux, even though the bottles and labels were in perfect condition. Apparently his customer had served the wine at a dinner with friends and everyone around the table was suspicious of the bottles because the labels and capsules were perfect. They looked new. Moreover, the wine was incredibly fresh and beautiful, like it was 10 years younger.

What his customer didn't know was that the two cases came directly from the cellars of the château.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Billionaire's Vinegar Lawsuit Ends

Random House Settles out of court with Michael Broadbent, who claimed book defamed his character

Posted: October 16, 2009  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  2009 Harvest Winemakers' Blog

Picking is Under Way in Piedmont

Whites have been crushed; Nebbiolo harvest just starting in Barbaresco

Posted: September 23, 2009  By Gaia Gaja

Kicking off her harvest blog from Piedmont and Tuscany, Gaia Gaja reports on the 2009 growing season to date at her family’s three properties—Gaja Winery in Barbaresco, Ca’ Marcanda in Bolgheri and Pieve Santa Restituta in Montalcino—and the start of the white-wine crush.

News & Features  :  News

Accused Wine Warehouse Arsonist Heads to Trial

California man is charged with fraud and torching $250 million in wine

Posted: September 21, 2009  By Tim Fish

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Billionaire Sues Major Collector

In separate action, Christie's Broadbent sues book publisher

Posted: September 11, 2009  By Mitch Frank, Peter Hellman, Jacob Gaffney

News & Features  :  News

Brunello Investigation Ends

Italian treasury police issue final report on blending scandal; raises more questions than answers

Posted: July 24, 2009  By Mitch Frank, James Suckling

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Once Again, for the Record

Posted: July 23, 2009  By James Suckling

Brunello di Montalcino has been in the news again in Italy following an Italian finance police press conference this past Saturday in Siena when it recapped its nearly two-year investigation into fraudulent winemaking practices in the region.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Truth in Advertising

Posted: July 8, 2009  By James Suckling

I get sick and tired of some wine merchants misusing my scores. And I have to wonder how many of the other scores or ratings they use to flog wines they misrepresent. Just the other day a wine merchant friend from Hong Kong e-mailed me with an offer from a wine broker in Switzerland that included my scores and the Wine Advocate ’s on 2004 Brunello di Montalcino.

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