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Devo's Gerald Casale Tunes Up a New Napa Vineyard

Plus, 400 Merlot vines stolen in Bordeaux, a French wine tourist destination closes its doors, and a wine tasting to benefit the disabled

Posted: June 5, 2014  

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  News

Wine-Theft Ring Busted in France

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Honor Winery Comes to Aid of Veterans

Plus, more wineries helping military charities, a Napa lawsuit alleges winemaker negligence, and Moët & Chandon raises $200,000 for AIDS research

Posted: May 29, 2014  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan's Sentencing Is Delayed

Convicted fraudster asks judge for leniency; Judge asks prosecution for more information

Posted: May 29, 2014  By Peter Hellman

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

How Rational Is the GMO Debate? A Court Just Legitimized Mob Destruction

It's hard to discuss the potential promise and perils of genetically modified organisms if fear trumps reason

Posted: May 21, 2014  By Mitch Frank

A French court ruled last week that a mob that destroyed an experimental vineyard in Alsace planted to genetically modified vines in 2010 was completely justified. It's another win for fear over reason when it comes to genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered Mourns Clos du Bois' Frank Woods and Domaine Weinbach's Laurence Faller

Plus, the Feds issue a sentencing recommendation for Rudy Kurniawan, the Colorado governor's mansion gets a wine keg, and another Willamette Valley vineyard purchase

Posted: May 15, 2014  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

That Bottle of Romanée-Conti 1923 Looks Familiar

Authentication experts and Danish journalists accuse exclusive wine club of refilling rare old bottles

Posted: May 13, 2014  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Wine Pirates on the China Seas

Plus, Terlato's new artist collaboration, Penfolds' new $65,000 bottle, and Taste of Hope benefits the American Cancer Society

Posted: May 8, 2014  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Counterfeit Wine Ain't Parcheesi

Rudy Kurniawan's lawyers claim fakes are part of the collecting 'game'; that cheapens all wine

Posted: May 8, 2014  By Mitch Frank

At the end of the month, a federal judge will decide how serious the crime of wine counterfeiting is. Rudy Kurniawan, convicted of selling an estimated $2 million to $7 million worth of fakes (no one is quite sure how many prized bottles he counterfeited), will be sentenced. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

His lawyers have made their plea for leniency, asking the judge to sentence Kurniawan to time served since his arrest—roughly 27 months. But what of their argument that counterfeit wine is just a game?

Collecting  :  Collecting News

London Wine Merchant Disputes Counterfeit Lawsuit, but Châteaus Cast Doubt on Its Claims

Antique Wine Company founder says former Yquem director signed off on 1787 wine; director denies that

Posted: May 5, 2014  By Peter Hellman

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Wine Counterfeiter's Lawyers Ask Judge to Free Him Soon

In pre-sentencing memo, Rudy Kurniawan's attorneys argue for leniency and reveal details of his origins

Posted: May 2, 2014  By Peter Hellman

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Atlanta Wine Collector Accuses London Merchant of Selling Fakes; Sues for $25 Million

Julian LeCraw Jr. says Antique Wine Company sold him a faux Château d'Yquem 1787

Posted: April 22, 2014  By Peter Hellman

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  

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