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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.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The "Peccatto" of Old Bottles of Biondi-Santi

Posted: June 19, 2009  By James Suckling

Yesterday a friend of mine gave me a bottle of 1981 Biondi-Santi Brunello di Montalcino Il Greppo. It was incredibly generous of him, but I have to admit that I had doubts that it would be of very good quality.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

A Sound Bite on 2003 Brunello Riservas

Posted: March 6, 2009  By James Suckling

I have been tasting through a range of 2003 Brunello di Montalcino riservas today. In fact, I have to go back and taste 10 more. But I keep asking myself, “What is the point?” I really can’t understand why Brunello producers made reserve reds in 2003, a very good vintage considering the boiling weather during the grapegrowing season, but nothing exceptional.

News & Features  :  News

French Authorities Investigate Suspected Fake Pinot Noir

Languedoc vignerons stand accused of exporting cheaper types of wine as Pinot; Gallo's Red Bicyclette may be a victim of the scandal

Posted: February 13, 2009  By Mitch Frank, Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Heads Up on Brunello

Posted: February 6, 2009  By James Suckling

You are going to like 2004 Brunello di Montalcino. Do you remember the great 1997 and 2001, as well as the super 1999 Brunellos? Well, 2004 is along those lines of quality, but it's a different style. The vintage produced more perfumed, more refined Brunellos than other recent top vintages.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Takes on Wine Fraud

Posted: January 16, 2009  By James Molesworth

Wine fraud continues to be a growing problem. There are more consumers competing for the world's high-end bottlings, both via retail and the secondary market. Since many of these wines are made in limited amounts (that won't ever increase in the case of single-vineyard wines), the increased demand is feeding the growth of this insidious problem.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Drinking Fake Sassicaia

Posted: December 11, 2008  By James Suckling

I drank some fake Sassicaia last weekend at a friend’s house near Pisa. The wine wasn’t mine, but I told my friend that his bottle didn’t make sense. The big giveaway was the branded cork that didn’t have a vintage printed on it.

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