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FBI Arrests Wine Collector Rudy Kurniawan

U.S. attorney accuses Indonesia-born Burgundy lover of trying to sell $1.3 million in fakes

Posted: March 9, 2012  By Peter Hellman

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Bogus Burgundies?

Rare bottles are pulled from a London auction after collectors raise questions about authenticity

Posted: February 9, 2012  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  News

Fighting Fake Bordeaux

There's no law to stop Chinese wineries from producing "Bordeaux;" the French are trying to change that

Posted: November 8, 2011  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  News

No Merlot di Montalcino

Brunello winemakers reject a plan to allow grapes other than Sangiovese in Rosso di Montalcino

Posted: September 9, 2011  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

More Brunello, Young and Old

Notes from several Brunello verticals I've tasted since returning from Italy in April

Posted: August 29, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

Since my visit to Tuscany in April, I have had opportunities to taste quite a few Brunellos di Montalcino thanks to visiting producers. The first was Col d'Orcia, whose export manager Paola Tealdi presented six vintages of its single-vineyard Poggio al Vento Riserva. Lunch with Riccardo Illy of the Illy coffee company provided the setting for an introduction to his Montalcino estate, Mastrojanni. Francesco Ripaccioli, whose family owns the Canalicchio di Sopra estate, stopped by Wine Spectator's office with almost a dozen bottles spanning 2006 to 1995, including the recently bottled 2006 Riserva.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Moon Over Montalcino: Part 2

From Uccelliera, the tiny jewel “birdcage,” to Montalcino’s largest estate, American-owned Castello Banfi

Posted: June 21, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

I spent two days in Montalcino during my trip to Tuacany. I toured the region with Stefano Campatelli, the director of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino and visited five estates. Here are my notes on my last three visits, to Uccelliera, Siro Pacenti and Castello Banfi.

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

Moon Over Montalcino: Part 1

Tuscany’s most celebrated appellation features diverse landscapes and wines. Biond-Santi represents the tradition

Posted: June 1, 2011  By Bruce Sanderson

I spent two days in Montalcino during my trip to Tuacany. I toured the region with Stefano Campatelli, the director of the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino and visited five estates. Campatelli also organized a blind tasting of 16 Brunellos, mostly from the 2006 vintage, and nine Rossos, all from 2009. At dinner with the consorzio directors later that evening, we enjoyed some older vintages of Brunello riservas, including Biondi-Santi's dating back to 1955. Here are my notes.

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Judge Dismisses Koch Suit Against Christie's

If wine collector believed bottle was fake when he bought it, he can't claim fraud, judge finds

Posted: March 21, 2011  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

China’s Fake Ice Wine Epidemic

Sources estimate 80 percent of ice wine on sale may be fake, a sign of the dangers in a young but lucrative wine market

Posted: February 3, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

Collecting  :  Collecting News

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.

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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.

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