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Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Dealing with the Fear of Fake Wines

Counterfeiting is a problem for trophies, but we can relax and enjoy most wines

Posted: November 25, 2009  By James Suckling

A wine merchant told me a story recently about a customer who wanted to return two cases of 1982 Bordeaux, even though the bottles and labels were in perfect condition. Apparently his customer had served the wine at a dinner with friends and everyone around the table was suspicious of the bottles because the labels and capsules were perfect. They looked new. Moreover, the wine was incredibly fresh and beautiful, like it was 10 years younger.

What his customer didn't know was that the two cases came directly from the cellars of the château.

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Billionaire's Vinegar Lawsuit Ends

Random House Settles out of court with Michael Broadbent, who claimed book defamed his character

Posted: October 16, 2009  By Mitch Frank

Oct.15, 2009 Issue  :  News

Brunello Investigation

Posted: October 15, 2009  By Mitch Frank, James Suckling

News & Features  :  News

Accused Wine Warehouse Arsonist Heads to Trial

California man is charged with fraud and torching $250 million in wine

Posted: September 21, 2009  By Tim Fish

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Billionaire Sues Major Collector

In separate action, Christie's Broadbent sues book publisher

Posted: September 11, 2009  By Mitch Frank, Peter Hellman, Jacob Gaffney

News & Features  :  News

Brunello Investigation Ends

Italian treasury police issue final report on blending scandal; raises more questions than answers

Posted: July 24, 2009  By Mitch Frank, James Suckling

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Once Again, for the Record

Posted: July 23, 2009  By James Suckling

Brunello di Montalcino has been in the news again in Italy following an Italian finance police press conference this past Saturday in Siena when it recapped its nearly two-year investigation into fraudulent winemaking practices in the region.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Truth in Advertising

Posted: July 8, 2009  By James Suckling

I get sick and tired of some wine merchants misusing my scores. And I have to wonder how many of the other scores or ratings they use to flog wines they misrepresent. Just the other day a wine merchant friend from Hong Kong e-mailed me with an offer from a wine broker in Switzerland that included my scores and the Wine Advocate ’s on 2004 Brunello di Montalcino.

News & Features  :  News

French Authorities Investigate Suspected Fake Pinot Noir

Languedoc vignerons stand accused of exporting cheaper types of wine as Pinot; Gallo's Red Bicyclette may be a victim of the scandal

Posted: February 13, 2009  By Mitch Frank, Tim Fish

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

Paul Jaboulet Aîné Takes on Wine Fraud

Posted: January 16, 2009  By James Molesworth

Wine fraud continues to be a growing problem. There are more consumers competing for the world's high-end bottlings, both via retail and the secondary market. Since many of these wines are made in limited amounts (that won't ever increase in the case of single-vineyard wines), the increased demand is feeding the growth of this insidious problem.

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: Jamie-Lynn Sigler Undresses for a Cause

Plus, caveat emptor at a Paris auction, ill-advised jug-wine anesthesia, St.-Emilion gets un-reclassified, again, and Foster's unveils the largest winery-based solar energy system in the U.S.

Posted: January 8, 2009  

News & Features  :  News & Features

Top Stories of 2008

Brunello fraud, fake wines, Montelena for sale or not? The year was full of serious news, hotly debated wine issues, fun and surprises

Posted: January 6, 2009  By Dana Nigro, Tanya Roqueta, Robert Taylor

News & Features  :  Unfiltered

Unfiltered: Moët Offers Customers Celebrity Treatment

Plus, a new documentary on Le Cirque, multipurpose eco-friendly wine boxes, a winery unwittingly joins the bottled water business, an economically optimistic new wine and a bistro that babies its customers, literally

Posted: December 18, 2008  

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Drinking Fake Sassicaia

Posted: December 11, 2008  By James Suckling

I drank some fake Sassicaia last weekend at a friend’s house near Pisa. The wine wasn’t mine, but I told my friend that his bottle didn’t make sense. The big giveaway was the branded cork that didn’t have a vintage printed on it.

Nov. 15, 2008 Issue  :  News

Fight Against Counterfeiting Goes Atomic

Posted: November 15, 2008  By Augustus Weed

Collecting  :  Collecting News

Fighting Faux Wine

New authentication and tracking systems could help wineries and collectors keep counterfeit bottles out of the market

Posted: November 12, 2008  By Augustus Weed

News & Features  :  News

Brunello Will Remain 100 Percent Sangiovese

Producers association votes for no change in appellation rules, but leaves several issues unaddressed

Posted: October 28, 2008  By Jo Cooke

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Small vs. Big, and the Brunello Flap

Posted: October 23, 2008  By Harvey Steiman

The magistrate investigating makers of Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino has cleared some of the wineries he had suspected of using grapes other than Sangiovese. At the same time, without naming names, he has said that 172,000 cases have tested positive for grapes other than Sangiovese.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Brunello Should Be Brunello

Posted: October 23, 2008  By James Suckling

I had a quick lunch yesterday at my office with Enrico Viglierchio, general manager of Banfi, the large American-owned Brunello di Montalcino producer, and he looked relieved as we drank a bottle of his 2003 Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino Poggio alle Mura.

News & Features  :  News

Brunello Investigator Reveals Details of the Case

Siena prosecutor charges that lab analysis has proved wines are not pure Sangiovese

Posted: October 22, 2008  By Jo Cooke, James Suckling

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