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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  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Oscar's New Bubbly

Plus, the latest on Rudy Kurniawan's fraud trial, a 1961 La Chapelle fake, Napa's Chateau Montelena gets a historic honor and more

Posted: February 28, 2013  

Jan. 31 - Feb. 28, 2013 Issue  :  News

Vandals Destroy Six Vintages of Case Basse’s Brunello di Montalcino

Posted: February 28, 2013  By Bruce Sanderson

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Kurniawan Loses Bid to Exclude Counterfeiting Evidence

Federal judge rules that FBI had probable cause to search defendant's home; trial could be scheduled at a hearing next month

Posted: January 17, 2013  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

The 2013 Inauguration Wine Pairings (and Controversy)

Plus, a slap on the wrist for Champagne fraudsters, a new wine supports marriage equality, and why professional athletes may want to hide their wine collections

Posted: January 10, 2013  

Dec. 31, 2012 - Jan. 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

Santa Barbara Vintner Dead in Mysterious Incident

Posted: December 31, 2012  By Matt Kettmann

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Best of Unfiltered 2012

Destruction trumped beauty in 2012, just barely, with demolished wineries drawing attention from models, actresses and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Posted: December 27, 2012  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Is the World's Drink Window Up?

Unfiltered's guide to what to eat, what to drink, and where to stay if the Mayan calendar apocalypse comes to pass. Plus, the Brunello vandal is behind bars

Posted: December 20, 2012  

News & Features  :  News

Vandals Destroy Six Vintages of Case Basse's Brunello di Montalcino

Someone emptied all the casks, dumping out 16,500 gallons of wine; no motive for crime

Posted: December 4, 2012  By Bruce Sanderson

Nov. 30, 2012 Issue  :  News

Kurniawan To Challenge Key Evidence

Posted: November 30, 2012  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Wild Party Kicks Off 30th Anniversary Launch of Duboeuf and Deutsch Beaujolais Nouveau

Also in Unfiltered, Madonna indulges in her favorite Champagne, and Yao Ming brings his Cabernet to America

Posted: November 15, 2012  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Justice Department Rejects Kurniawan's Illegal Search Accusations

Court filing asserts that FBI agents had reason to sweep his home; includes photos of alleged "counterfeiting lab"

Posted: November 8, 2012  By Peter Hellman

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