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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

News & Features  :  News

Phony French Pinot Draws Class-Action Suit Against Gallo

Federal alcohol authorities are also investigating the fraud case

Posted: March 8, 2010  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Fraud Abroad Brings Quality Control to Mind

After Gallo's Red Bicyclette scandal, considering when and where quality control, or lack thereof, most damages a wine's reputation

Posted: February 22, 2010  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube looks at the recent Gallo Red Bicyclette scandal and ponders the state of quality control, and pricing for various levels of quality, in the wine industry.

News & Features  :  News

Red Bicyclette Suppliers Convicted

Languedoc wineries and merchants blended cheaper Merlot and Syrah in Pinot Noir for Gallo brand

Posted: February 17, 2010  By Diana Macle, Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Gavin Newsom’s Future: Political or Viticultural?

Plus, the burgeoning market for virtual wine, a criminal enophile, Mark Twain memorialized on a bottle and more moth trouble in California

Posted: February 4, 2010  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Obama Makes Peace With Robert Mondavi Cabernet

Plus, comedian and wine lover Lewis Black makes wine for charity and two famous wine names embroiled in legal issues

Posted: December 17, 2009  

Dec. 15, 2009 Issue  :  Features

Sniffing Out A Fake

Posted: December 15, 2009  By Mitch Frank

Dec. 15, 2009 Issue  :  Features

The Mysterious Mr. Rodenstock

Posted: December 15, 2009  By Mitch Frank

Dec. 15, 2009 Issue  :  Features

Q&A with Serena Sutcliffe

An Expert on Old Wines Talks About Counterfeits

Posted: December 15, 2009  By James Suckling

Dec. 15, 2009 Issue  :  News

Science Briefs

Posted: December 15, 2009  By Lynn Alley, Jacob Gaffney

Dec. 15, 2009 Issue  :  Features

The Fight Against Fakes

Concerned Producers Are Taking Steps to Protect Their Brands From Counterfeiters

Posted: December 15, 2009  By Augustus Weed

Dec. 15, 2009 Issue  :  Features

The Crusade Against Counterfeits

Collectors and vintners try to rid the auction market of fake wines. How big is the problem?

Posted: December 15, 2009  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Another Investigation in Tuscany

Italy's financial police have turned their eyes toward makers of Chianti Classico

Posted: December 14, 2009  By James Suckling

Wine Spectator senior editor James Suckling reports that Italy's financial police are now investigating makers of Chianti in Tuscany based on fraud allegations similar to those which faced some makers of Brunello di Montalcino for two years.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

A Cautionary Tale, for Consumers and Wineries

As fraud spreads, it's easy to combat

Posted: November 30, 2009  By James Molesworth

Wine Spectator senior editor James Molesworth discovers that a winery's claims to outstanding Wine Spectator reviews are not always what they seem.

Nov. 30, 2009 Issue  :  News

Wine Warehouse Arson Trial Begins

Posted: November 30, 2009  By Tim Fish

Nov. 30, 2009 Issue  :  News

California Wildfire Report

Posted: November 30, 2009  By Lynn Alley

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