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May 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Wine-Theft Ring Busted in France

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Sells Out … Cabernet

Plus, Washington's wine industry steps up for mudslide relief, a Burgundy vintner's sentence for refusing to use pesticides is reduced, and more

Posted: April 10, 2014  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Gia in a Bottle

Plus, wine crime from ancient Egypt to modern-day Baltimore, and sustainable vineyard charity Roots of Peace has a run-in with the Taliban

Posted: April 3, 2014  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Judge Slices Bill Koch's $12 Million Verdict in Counterfeiting Lawsuit

Punitive damages reduced to $711,000, but judge upholds verdict against collector Eric Greenberg

Posted: April 1, 2014  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Team Europe's Ryder Cup Bordeaux

Plus, a Napa winemaker is charged with stealing 6 tons of grapes, and environmental conservation efforts threaten a 120-year-old California vineyard

Posted: March 27, 2014  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Slings and Arrows in Bordeaux

Another lawsuit erupts out of the controversial St.-Emilion classification. Plus, do older drinkers get drunk faster?

Posted: March 13, 2014  

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  News

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Counterfeiting Ring Uncovered

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

Feb. 28, 2014 Issue  :  News

Guilty Verdict in Counterfeiting Trial

Posted: February 28, 2014  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Whose Citizens Drink the Most Wine?

Plus, German officials dump 1.3 million liters of watered-down wine, exiled Ukraine Pres. Viktor Yanukovych's wine stash, and red blotch poses a new threat to Washington vineyards

Posted: February 27, 2014  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Bordeaux LaFight Club: Lafite vs. Lafitte

Plus, Texas wine pioneer Doc McPherson dies, vintners aid Washington State University's Wine Science Center and more

Posted: February 13, 2014  

News & Features  :  News

French Police Bust Massive Wine-Theft Ring

Armed gendarmes sweep up 20 suspects in gang that allegedly stole high-priced Bordeaux

Posted: February 11, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Gabrielle Union Brings Vanilla Puddin' to Napa

Plus, was Alexander the Great poisoned by wine? And The Great American Wine Company donates $100,000 to the USO

Posted: February 6, 2014  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Giant Boulders Bowl Through Italian Vineyard

Plus, the FBI captures Napa's most wanted wine embezzler in Mexico, John Boehner prefers wine to the presidency, wine experiments at the bottom of Lake Geneva and more

Posted: January 30, 2014  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

NYU's Stern and Yale Law Take America's Bordeaux Cup

Plus, France's xenophobic wine terrorists kidnap a Languedoc vigneron, and the 2014 Awards Season Champagne pairings

Posted: January 23, 2014  

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

The Truth About Old Wines

Why absolutely nobody is an expert when tasting old wines

Posted: January 7, 2014  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Best of Unfiltered 2013

Musical Moscato mania became an epidemic this year, with Nicki Minaj and Warren G leading the way, but disasters, from winery fires to shipwrecks to overturned trailers, kept readers coming back

Posted: December 26, 2013  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

When Jailhouse Wine Goes from Bad to Poison

Plus, Siduri's Adam Lee takes a winemaking gig in Willamette Valley, and the Official Champagne of (almost) everything takes on New Year's Eve

Posted: December 19, 2013  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Rudy Kurniawan Could Be the Tip of a Fake Wine Crisis

Are counterfeits a victimless crime? Not when they rob us of the pleasure wine can deliver

Posted: December 18, 2013  By Mitch Frank

I love hearing people's "aha!" moments with wine—that instant when they realized that wine is more than just a beverage, that great wine has personality.

Here's a good one: A young man takes his visiting father out for dinner to celebrate dad's birthday. Neither knows much about wine, but the son decides this is a special occasion so he orders the most expensive bottle on the list. The wine—a 1996 Opus One—opens the young man's eyes. Within a few months, he's buying several bottles of Opus One, then other top wines. (Luckily, he has a decent amount of money.) Soon, he's hooked. Wine becomes his passion, and he's attending tastings and collecting rare bottles. Burgundy in particular beguiles him.

Like much of what we know about Rudy Kurniawan, it's hard to tell how much of this story is true and how much he concocted. Kurniawan told this tale to a journalist in 2006, just after an auction of his wines raised $24.7 million, a record for a single-consignor auction. Since he began attending auctions and tastings a decade ago, Kurniawan had always been vague about his origins and his seemingly deep pockets.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Accused Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Guilty in Landmark Case

First federal prosecution for selling fake wine yields a conviction; Indonesian collector faces possible sentence of 40 years

Posted: December 18, 2013  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Jurors Could Decide Alleged Wine Counterfeiter’s Fate Soon

Prosecutors are ready to rest their case against Rudy Kurniawan, and the defense may not call any witnesses

Posted: December 16, 2013  By Peter Hellman

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