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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.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

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

Collecting  :  Collecting News

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

Collecting  :  Collecting News

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

Collecting  :  Collecting News

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

Collecting  :  Collecting News

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.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

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  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

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

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

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  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

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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