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Blogs  :  Richard Betts' Blog

Shades of Red: Exploring Montalcino's Diversity

Posted: February 19, 2008  By Richard Betts

I recently spent a week in Italy with my wife, a couple of friends and the goal of gaining a better understanding of that fabled wine, Brunello di Montalcino. The town of Montalcino is a beautiful little hilltop hamlet in southern Tuscany about 90 minutes north of Rome or a couple hours south of Florence.

News & Features  :  News

"Jefferson Bottle" Collector Strikes Back

William Koch refiles court case against German wine dealer after recent dismissal

Posted: February 12, 2008  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Collector's "Jefferson Bottle" Fraud Lawsuit Dismissed

Judge rules that the court has no jurisdiction over embattled German wine dealer Hardy Rodenstock, but plaintiff William Koch will refile

Posted: January 17, 2008  By Eric Arnold

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Lawsuit Alleges $340,000 of Bordeaux Wine is Fake

California collector and New York auction house targeted in new lawsuit by billionaire collector

Posted: October 30, 2007  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Tasting a New Brunello from Luce della Vite

Posted: October 16, 2007  By James Suckling

I drank the first bottle ever of Luce Brunello last night in a restaurant in Montevarchi near my house in Tuscany. It's a brand-new wine from the Frescobaldi family, who have been making a Super Tuscan wine at the Luce della Vite estate in Montalcino ­since 1993.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Forgotten Brunello Tasting Notes

Posted: September 27, 2007  By James Suckling

I just found some notes in my back pocket of my jeans while walking down the street in Havana. They are a bit soggy from all the humidity in the air. They are tasting notes of Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Cerretalto – the fantastic single vineyard wine from the great Brunello di Montalcino producer.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Big Bottle Pétrus Mystery

Posted: September 6, 2007  By James Suckling

I was looking at the comments from my blog of Aug. 30 on Hardy Rodenstock and Jefferson bottles and it made me go back and read an article I wrote in 1998 on counterfeit wines. It was called “ A Taste of Deception : An exclusive look at counterfeit wine – a multimillion-dollar business.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Collectors Battle Fraudulent Wines

Will court cases on counterfeit wines scare collectors away from fall auctions?

Posted: August 29, 2007  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Vintage Should Be the Vintage

Posted: August 7, 2007  By James Suckling

I have been thinking about my colleague James Laube’s blog of August 3 when he discussed the option for winemakers to produce more non-vintage wines. And it made me think about how many people are already doing this – legally and illegally.

News & Features  :  News

Suspect Arrested in Wine Warehouse Blaze

Arson that destroyed millions in wine is blamed on California man who allegedly tried to cover up embezzlement of his clients' collections

Posted: March 19, 2007  By James Laube, Dana Nigro

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Flash in Le Pin

Posted: March 12, 2007  By James Suckling

Was it a dream? Did it really happen? For some reason, I find it almost hard to believe that on Saturday night, I drank every vintage of Château Le Pin ever bottled (1979-2004), and in Hong Kong no less.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

You, Me and VCC

Posted: March 9, 2007  By James Suckling

I think that people seem to forget that the same family who make the ultra-collectible and ultra-expensive Château Le Pin also make Vieux-Château-Certan. In fact, the Thienpont family has been making VCC for a hell of a lot longer than Le Pin.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Auction Houses Eyed in Fake-Wine Probe

Department of Justice sent subpoenas to several auction houses as presence of counterfeit rare wines likely on the rise

Posted: March 7, 2007  By Jacob Gaffney, Eric Arnold

News & Features  :  News

Futures Fraudster Sentenced to Pay $11 Million Restitution, But Avoids Jail

Book on Colorado-based wine merchant Rare LLC remains open, with former customers suing the company's bankruptcy trustee

Posted: February 13, 2007  By Eric Arnold

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Right Bottle, Wrong Wine

Counterfeit bottles are multiplying as the global demand for collectible wines surges

Posted: December 20, 2006  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Judgment Day in Hong Kong

Posted: December 18, 2006  By James Suckling

I felt like the referee at a sumo match, but the only wrestling being done was the debate over whether certain bottles were fake or not. We were drinking some of the greatest bottles (magnums) ever produced on the face of the earth during a dinner last night here in Hong Kong.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Wine Is a Moving Target

Posted: December 12, 2006  By Harvey Steiman

You taste a wine. You love it. You buy a few more bottles, pop one open a few weeks later, and... where has the magic gone? Or, conversely, you taste a wine. You're not impressed. A friend serves it a few weeks later, and.

News & Features  :  News

Tuscan Grower Investigated in Alleged Chianti Classico Fraud

Piero Conticelli accused of selling falsely labeled wines to Ruffino and numerous other producers

Posted: October 13, 2005  By Jo Cooke

News & Features  :  News

Italian Officials Investigate Possible Fraud at Frescobaldi

Respected producer is alleged to have used too many grapes from southern Italy in some Tuscan wines

Posted: April 15, 2005  By Jo Cooke

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