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News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Moët Serves the Golden Globes

Plus, Bordeaux goes organic and China’s domestic wine industry faces fraud accusations

Posted: January 13, 2011  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Best of Unfiltered 2010

The most popular items of 2010 include the usual handful of beautiful women and professional athletes, a rock star’s documentary, vintners hanging 10 and two forms of thievery

Posted: December 30, 2010  

News & Features  :  News

New Test Can Identify What Grapes Are in Your Wine

Medical researchers in Texas identify grape varieties by fingerprinting differences in tannins

Posted: December 30, 2010  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Truffles to Die For

Plus, California’s Landmark and Pride wines to be served at this year’s White House holiday events and a very generous gift for the employees of Jordan winery

Posted: December 23, 2010  

Dec. 15, 2010 Issue  :  News

Wanted: 31 Tons of Grapes

Posted: December 15, 2010  By Laurie Woolever

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Pitcher's "Perfect" Pairing: Wine and Fish(ing)

Plus, Virginia’s Kluge winery fails to sell at a foreclosure auction and a French diplomat is caught red-wine handed stealing Burgundy in Hong Kong

Posted: December 9, 2010  

Nov. 15, 2010 Issue  :  News

French Activists Destroy Experimental Vineyard

Posted: November 15, 2010  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  News

Muscadet Growers Confront Bankruptcy and Sabotage

An unfavorable economy, a brutal frost in 2008 and years of problems have put Loire's Pay Nantais region in trouble

Posted: November 5, 2010  By Ben O'Donnell

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Hugh Jackman and Jean-Georges Vongerichten Go Toe to Toe

Plus, another vineyard is hit by harvesting thieves, and a shampoo loses its battle with Champagne

Posted: October 14, 2010  

News & Features  :  News

French Activists Destroy Experimental Vineyard

"Reapers" target genetically modified vines; Researchers try to educate wary French public about the benefits of research

Posted: September 14, 2010  By Ben O'Donnell

July 31, 2010 Issue  :  News

Blackmailer Targets Burgundy

Posted: July 31, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Clinton Vineyards for a Clinton Wedding

Plus, Far Niente celebrates its 125th anniversary, South Africa loses a wine-industry giant and more

Posted: July 29, 2010  

June 15, 2010 Issue  :  News

Counterfeit Suit Targets Christie’s

Posted: June 15, 2010  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

May 31, 2010 Issue  :  News

Phony French Pinot Draws Class-Action Suit

Posted: May 31, 2010  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  News

DRC Extortionist Threatened to Poison Musigny Vineyard Too

Ex-con who targeted Romanée-Conti also sent letters to Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé, says director

Posted: May 18, 2010  By Bruce Sanderson, Mitch Frank

News & Features  :  News

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and French Police Foil Extortion Plot

An ex-con threatens to poison all the vines in the Romanée-Conti monopole

Posted: May 13, 2010  By Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Thoughts on Fakes

When finding a bottle purchased years ago is counterfeit, is the wine merchant still obligated to make good?

Posted: April 30, 2010  By James Suckling

I had dinner the other night in L.A. again with my collector buddy from Hong Kong, Hendra Anwar. We went for some pasta at Angelini Osteria restaurant, which is always good. Hendra brought a couple of Burgundies: 2002 Fontaine-Gagnard Bâtard-Montrachet and 1991 Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes. I brought a bottle of 1997 Antinori Bolgheri Superiore Guado al Tasso Tenuta Belvedere.

But the most interesting part of the evening for our vinous endeavors was Hendra's insistence that the wine merchant who sold him two cases of bogus 1978 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle was still responsible for the sale after 15 years. (For more on that, check out my April 23 blog.) Yes, he bought the wine 15 years ago and he wants it to be replaced, or get a refund.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

The Real Deal, and a Not so Real Deal

Dining with a friend at Cut in Beverly Hills, we enjoyed some very impressive Burgundies, with one notable fake exception

Posted: April 23, 2010  By James Suckling

My friend was really pissed off. Hendra Anwar, who lives in Los Angeles and Hong Kong, invited me for dinner last night at Cut in Beverly Hills and brought some amazing bottles to drink, including a 1989 Louis Latour Montrachet, 1993 Emmanuel Rouget Echézeaux, and 1978 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle. What almost ruined his night was that the last wine was a rotten fake.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

News Analysis: Christie's Is Counterfeit Crusader's Biggest Target

Bill Koch's new lawsuit alleges German engravers carved Jefferson's initials on bottles and that auction house staff ignored evidence of fake wines

Posted: April 1, 2010  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Koch Sues Christie's Over Alleged Counterfeit Wines

Suit claims two German engravers testify they put "Th.J." on Jefferson Bordeauxs

Posted: March 30, 2010  By Mitch Frank, Peter Hellman

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