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July 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

World Briefs

Posted: July 31, 2013  By Ben O'Donnell, Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Every Day Is a Wining Road for Sheryl Crow

The singer has partnered with Sonoma's Chateau St. Jean. Plus: Celebs compete in a Korbel spray-off, a quake rocks New Zealand, Paul Hobbs goes to Virginia, Bill Koch goes to court (again) and there's a new nude label

Posted: July 25, 2013  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Will Rudy Kurniawan Find a New Lawyer?

Plus, Montalcino's Argiano has been acquitted of charges it made illegitimate Brunello, and a Napa Valley foie gras lawsuit gets a green light

Posted: July 11, 2013  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Will Downton Abbey's Claret Be a Hit?

Plus, a Napa wine executive is on the lam after a $900,000 embezzlement indictment and Unfiltered's dispatches from Vinexpo, including a new twist-off cork

Posted: June 27, 2013  

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

Burglars Steal $350,000 of Champagne

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Alison Napjus

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

Koch Wins Counterfeit Wine Lawsuit

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Peter Hellman

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Wine Collectors Accuse Charlie Trotter of Fraud; Chef Denies Allegations

Brothers allege in federal lawsuit that they bought phony magnum of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti from restaurant

Posted: June 14, 2013  By Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

A Bitter Night for Château d'Yquem

Plus, Christina Milian lends her voice to Moscato, Italian prisoners partner with Frescobaldi, Aureole's Wine Angels get new threads, last-minute Dad's Day ideas and more

Posted: June 13, 2013  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Christie's Pulls Burgundy from Auction After Authenticity Questioned

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti codirector tells Wine Spectator he has concerns after collectors raise doubts

Posted: May 29, 2013  By Peter Hellman

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Top Burgundy Winemakers Will Testify Against Alleged Counterfeiter

Prosecutors in Rudy Kurniawan trial will depose heads of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Georges Roumier and Domaine Ponsot

Posted: May 8, 2013  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Gone in 500 Seconds: A Bordeaux Smash and Grab

Plus, more fallout follows Brunello vandal attack, a winemaker-turned-bread baker, toasting Australia's first Masters champ with Penfolds Grange, John Salley promotes Vegan Vine wines and more

Posted: April 25, 2013  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Jury Awards Bill Koch $12 Million in Counterfeit Wine Lawsuit

Court finds that collector Eric Greenberg defrauded Florida billionaire at wine auction

Posted: April 12, 2013  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Rudy Kurniawan's Court Date Is Set

Accused wine counterfeiter pleads not guilty to new indictment; no sign of plea bargain

Posted: April 10, 2013  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  News

Koch V. Greenberg: Plenty of Punches, No Knockout Blows

After two weeks of testimony, the trial over 24 bottles of alleged counterfeit wine rages on in federal court

Posted: April 9, 2013  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  News

Burglars Steal $350,000 of Champagne from Jacques Selosse

More than 300 cases are gone, plus labels; possible counterfeiting motive worries owners

Posted: April 1, 2013  By Alison Napjus

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Brunello Destruction Puts Disgruntled Vandal in Prison

Why has the bitter victim resigned from the Brunello association? Plus, undercover foie gras spies in Napa Valley and a Carneros Pinot inspired by the Large Hadron Collider

Posted: March 28, 2013  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Does the Counterfeits Crusader Deserve Our Thanks?

Bill Koch has spent eight years and millions of dollars picking fights over wine

Posted: March 28, 2013  By Mitch Frank

The picture is still hanging in my office: Bill Koch, the energy executive who has made fighting sales of counterfeit rare wines a personal obsession, stares menacingly at me, wearing a cowboy hat, a bandana and a sheriff's star. The shot was taken when Wine Spectator photographed Koch for our Dec. 15, 2009, cover story, "The Crusade Against Counterfeits." The outfit was Koch's idea: In addition to wine, he collects Old West memorabilia.

In the end, we opted for a shot of Koch in a suit, holding a magnum of Château Pétrus 1921. Koch says he bought that bottle at a 2005 Zachys auction of 17,000 bottles of wine from the cellar of California tech entrepreneur Eric Greenberg. Koch alleges that Greenberg bought it from Royal Wine Merchants, and Royal sourced it from German wine broker Hardy Rodenstock. Koch believes it’s a fake.

That magnum, and all those players, are back in the headlines this week, as a jury of six men and two women hear Koch v. Greenberg in a Manhattan federal court. Koch has been suing Greenberg for six years over 24 bottles he bought for almost $350,000 at that auction, wines he says are counterfeit. (Contributor Peter Hellman, who has doggedly pursued this topic, has written an excellent summary of the case.)

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Alleged Counterfeit Wines Go on Trial

Bill Koch will finally bring a case to court, suing collector Eric Greenberg over 24 rare wines he says are fakes

Posted: March 25, 2013  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Geno Auriemma Tips Off March Madness with New Vino

Plus, a red for the King of Blues, an Eagle serves up a Peaceful Easy Feeling Cabernet, a drone spotted above Sonoma's vineyards, a Victoria vineyard pot bust, and wine country is America's best country

Posted: March 21, 2013  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Fire Scorches Chez Panisse

Plus, Château Palmer learns no one is safe from wine crime, Bolivia's president prescribes coca wine to the new pope and Moët & Chandon gets a questionable endorsement from Justin Timberlake on SNL

Posted: March 14, 2013  

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