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News & Features  :  Unfiltered

New Jersey Wineries on the Brink

Plus, former Dallas Cowboys coach Barry Switzer opens a winery, Bordeaux's strange new neighbors, counterfeit white Zinfandel of all things, and more

Posted: June 30, 2011  

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Breaking the Law: The Criminally Minded Turn to Wine

Art imitates life as a real-world wine crime wave inspires TV dramas

Posted: June 23, 2011  

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Judge Dismisses Koch Suit Against Christie's

If wine collector believed bottle was fake when he bought it, he can't claim fraud, judge finds

Posted: March 21, 2011  By Mitch Frank

Collecting  :  Collecting Q&A

Is my Carruades a fake?

Posted: February 23, 2011  By Peter D. Meltzer

News & Features  :  News

China’s Fake Ice Wine Epidemic

Sources estimate 80 percent of ice wine on sale may be fake, a sign of the dangers in a young but lucrative wine market

Posted: February 3, 2011  By Ben O'Donnell

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Counterfeit Crusader and Zachys Settle Suit

Bill Koch ends his lawsuit against auction house after it agrees to change its catalog language

Posted: January 25, 2011  By Mitch Frank

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  :  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

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

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

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

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