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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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Jurors Could Decide Alleged Wine Counterfeiter’s Fate Soon

Prosecutors are ready to rest their case against Rudy Kurniawan, and the defense may not call any witnesses

Posted: December 16, 2013  By Peter Hellman

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Burgundy All-Stars Testify Against Accused Wine Counterfeiter

Rudy Kurniawan watches as proprietors of Romanée-Conti, Roumier and Ponsot say wines he sold are fakes

Posted: December 13, 2013  By Peter Hellman

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Prosecutors Reveal Evidence Against Accused Wine Counterfeiter

Hundreds of corks, capsules and labels of iconic wines the FBI says it confiscated from Rudy Kurniawan's home

Posted: December 11, 2013  By Peter Hellman

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Accused Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Goes on Trial

Prosecutors accuse “Dr. Conti” of making and selling millions of dollars worth of fakes; defense calls him a scapegoat

Posted: December 8, 2013  By Peter Hellman

Blogs  :  Mixed Case: Opinion and Advice

Who Are They Fooling? (A Lot of Folks)

As much as 20 percent of wine on the global market may be fake. Awareness is on the rise, but will the counterfeiting continue?

Posted: November 21, 2013  By Robert Taylor

This past August, the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) quietly issued a cease-and-desist letter to New Jersey's Wine Library, one of the largest retailers in the Garden State and a popular wine source for many New Yorkers.

The SLA ordered Wine Library to stop shipping wine to New Yorkers, a practice that is technically illegal but that has been happening for years without complaint or repercussion. Cease-and-desist letter or not, the ban is practically unenforceable-the SLA simply doesn't have the manpower to adequately monitor interstate sales.

Because of the letter, Wine Library and a few other out-of-state retailers indicated they would stop selling wine to New Yorkers. New York retailers worried that they would start receiving similar letters from alcohol authorities in other states, as a form of retaliation. Since then, however, there's been nothing but silence from the authorities, and Wine Library has continued shipping wine to New York.

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A Tale of Two Downton Abbey Wines

Plus, PaperBoy delivers wine in … paper, a Hungarian vintner may face charges for poisoning his wine, and Gallo gives $100,000 to Typhoon Haiyan relief

Posted: November 14, 2013  

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Will Accused Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Plead Insanity?

With trial a month away, defense attorneys ask for psychiatric examination; Prosecution protests

Posted: November 8, 2013  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Bordeaux Halloween Tricks: Poisoned Vines and Stolen Grapes

Plus, wine counterfeiters adopt a new strategy, the Smithsonian recognizes Stag's Leap and Montelena, the wine industry steps up for Breast Cancer Awareness and more

Posted: October 31, 2013  

Oct. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

In Brief: $7.9 Million Bill in Fraud Case

Posted: October 31, 2013  By Peter Hellman

News & Features  :  News

Police Uncover Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Counterfeiting Ring

Burgundy winery tipped off authorities; two men arrested and investigation is ongoing

Posted: October 30, 2013  By Suzanne Mustacich

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

The State Department's New Custom Stemware

Plus, three Finger Lakes winemakers invade Europe, and 1 in 4 Londoners are knowingly drinking fake booze

Posted: October 10, 2013  

Aug. 31, 2013 Issue  :  News

Christie’s Pulls Burgundy From Auction

Posted: August 31, 2013  By Peter Hellman

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Wine-and-Football Season Kicks Off for Raider Nation

Plus, Rudy Kurniawan's trial postponed, Singapore students make wine from the foul-smelling durian fruit and more

Posted: August 1, 2013  

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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  

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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  

June 15, 2013 Issue  :  News

Koch Wins Counterfeit Wine Lawsuit

Posted: June 15, 2013  By Peter Hellman

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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

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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

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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

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