Category Archives: Counterfeit / Fraud / Theft

Wine Wars over ‘Lafite’

French newspaper La Depeche has reported that a ‘wine war’ is developing over branding and ‘corporate’ identity concerning Chateau Lafite Rothschild. As the paper rightly points out ‘not all Lafites are Rothschilds’ – there are many domaines and chateaux dotted … Continue reading

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US Court of Appeals Dismisses William Koch’s Bid to Reinstate Counterfeit Wine Suit

Bloomberg have reported that Billionaire collector William Koch lost his bid to reinstate a lawsuit against Christie’s International Plc that claimed the auction house “induced” him to buy counterfeit wine, an appeals court ruled: The U.S. Court of Appeals in … Continue reading

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Bordeaux Joins Forces with Chinese to Fight Wine Fraud as Sales Jump

Panos Kakaviatos, writing for Decanter.com has said that the CIVB (the Bordeaux Wine Council) and Chinese wine authorities are collaborating to fight wine fraud. Sales to China jumped over the Summer and the booming Chinese mainland is now the largest … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Bordeaux 2009 Vintage and Potential Theft

Back in 2009 I wrote about Wine Being Stolen to Order when 57 cases were stolen en route to Berry Bros & Rudd and more than 3,000 bottles of red wine and pink champagne, worth £32,000, were stolen in a … Continue reading

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Fake Wine from China in the UK?

There have been a number of reports circulating in the press about fake wine being sold in the UK. Apparently hundreds of bottles of fake Jacobs Creek have been seized recently. At first glance the bottles look like the real … Continue reading

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Defeating Counterfeit Wine in China

I read recently that counterfeit wine is such a problem in China that the empty bottles of great vintages are being smashed so that they can not be sold on the black market. Apparently after wine tastings the bottles are … Continue reading

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It’s All In The Name – the EU Approves Talks with China to Protect Wine

EU trade ministers at a meeting in Brussels have authorised the European Commission to open negotiations with China on the protection of geographical indications for wines, spirits, agricultural products and foodstuffs. If an agreement were reached it mean that products … Continue reading

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Fine Wine Scams, Frauds and Dodgy Deals

As I mentioned in my Blog on Friday I recently came across a dodgy deal and promised to warn you about it. With the fine wine market booming there seem to be no end of suspect companies setting up in … Continue reading

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Fine Wine Scams, Frauds and Dodgy Deals

As I mentioned in my Blog on Friday I recently came across a dodgy deal and promised to warn you about it. With the fine wine market booming there seem to be no end of suspect companies setting up in … Continue reading

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Vintage Wine can be Carbon Dated to Fight Fraud

Like fossils at archaeological digs, wine can be ‘carbon-dated’ to ensure the assertion of its vintage is true, according to scientists at the University of Adelaide. Harmless amounts of radioactive carbon have been found in wines made from grapes harvested … Continue reading

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