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Rudy Kurniawan Sentencing Delayed Until July 24

Judge demands federal prosecutors give him more information on victims of wine counterfeiter

Posted: July 14, 2014  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

June 30, 2014 Issue  :  News

Collector Sues Merchant for $25 Million

Posted: June 30, 2014  By Peter Hellman

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

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?

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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

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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

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

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  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Giant Boulders Bowl Through Italian Vineyard

Plus, the FBI captures Napa's most wanted wine embezzler in Mexico, John Boehner prefers wine to the presidency, wine experiments at the bottom of Lake Geneva and more

Posted: January 30, 2014  

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

The Truth About Old Wines

Why absolutely nobody is an expert when tasting old wines

Posted: January 7, 2014  By Matt Kramer

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Best of Unfiltered 2013

Musical Moscato mania became an epidemic this year, with Nicki Minaj and Warren G leading the way, but disasters, from winery fires to shipwrecks to overturned trailers, kept readers coming back

Posted: December 26, 2013  

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Rudy Kurniawan Could Be the Tip of a Fake Wine Crisis

Are counterfeits a victimless crime? Not when they rob us of the pleasure wine can deliver

Posted: December 18, 2013  By Mitch Frank

I love hearing people's "aha!" moments with wine—that instant when they realized that wine is more than just a beverage, that great wine has personality.

Here's a good one: A young man takes his visiting father out for dinner to celebrate dad's birthday. Neither knows much about wine, but the son decides this is a special occasion so he orders the most expensive bottle on the list. The wine—a 1996 Opus One—opens the young man's eyes. Within a few months, he's buying several bottles of Opus One, then other top wines. (Luckily, he has a decent amount of money.) Soon, he's hooked. Wine becomes his passion, and he's attending tastings and collecting rare bottles. Burgundy in particular beguiles him.

Like much of what we know about Rudy Kurniawan, it's hard to tell how much of this story is true and how much he concocted. Kurniawan told this tale to a journalist in 2006, just after an auction of his wines raised $24.7 million, a record for a single-consignor auction. Since he began attending auctions and tastings a decade ago, Kurniawan had always been vague about his origins and his seemingly deep pockets.

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Accused Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Guilty in Landmark Case

First federal prosecution for selling fake wine yields a conviction; Indonesian collector faces possible sentence of 40 years

Posted: December 18, 2013  By Peter Hellman, Mitch Frank

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