Authenticate My Wine – TCM Inspection Reports®

Authenticate My Wine – TCM Inspection Reports®

If you have concerns about a bottle you have recently purchased, or a whole cellar full of bottles you have purchased over the last 20 years, we are here to help. Fine and rare wine markets are flooded with counterfeits and more bottles are being made and released, or returned and then resold to new buyers by unscrupulous, uneducated or careless vendors all the time. It pays to have a professional on your side. 

WineFraud.com and our parent company, Chai Consulting, have an amazing success rate of achieving remuneration for clients that have been sold counterfeit wines, without having to take the situations to court. The cost of inspection and reporting is on average only 2.9% of the value of the wine in question, which is far less than a drawn out legal battle, and without the publicity and stress.  

Statistics from 9 recent TCM Inspection Reports® covering 217 bottles:

  • Replacement value of the counterfeit bottles was US$8.7million.
  • Average bottle value in a report was US$40,074.
  • Lowest bottle value was US$1,800.
  • Average Per Bottle Report Cost = US$1,390.09.
  • Cost of Report per US$1k Bottle Value = $28.83.
  • Average Cost of reporting is 2.9% of the value of the counterfeit bottles.
  • The cost of a report is always less than lengthy litigation or the expense and public attention of a court case.

For information on our Verbal Reporting Options, click here.



How Do I Get My Bottles to You?

Ship your bottles to the WineFraud.com storage account located at one of our storage partner facilities. Following inspection, we report our findings back to you according to the reporting method you selected. You can ship your bottles to one of the following inspection locations:

Oeno Vaults- Santa Rosa, CA USA
Irongate Wine- Toronto, Canada
Artisan Wine Storage – London, UK
GDV Fine Wines- Hong Kong

If you need help arranging shipping, our logistics partner, Xpeditr, is ready to help.

To authenticate more bottles than you wish to ship, or your entire cellar, please inquire.

All prices are in US Dollars.



First Step: A TCM Authentication Inspection®

Before we provide a TCM Inspection Reports®, we’ll start by inspecting each individual bottle submitted, or your whole collection. The process includes:

  • Send your bottle, or bottles, to us at one of our storage partner, inspection facilities. We are also happy to travel to you and your bottles anywhere in the world.
  • We inspect each bottle according to The Chai Method Inspection® standards and procedures of authentication. TCM Inspections® can include: using various types of magnification and different types of lighting, taking individual bottle notes on over 90+ different aspects of any individual bottle, taking photographs of individual bottles and groups where appropriate, in high resolution and under extreme magnification for research and reporting purposes. Types and numbers of photos and the extent to which written notes are taken may depend on the type of reporting the Client has requested.
  • The inspection process for a TCM Inspection Reports® is typically more extensive than that for a verbal report as it requires much more photography, at times by our professional photographer, full notation of all 90+ elements on each bottle as well as other proprietary inspection methods that are laborious and time consuming, but necessary to complete a thorough written report.
  • All inspections are completed onsite, be that in the storage facility to which bottles are sent, or at the location of an owner’s wine. At no time does WineFraud.com or its authenticators take possession of nor remove bottles from the insured storage location, for inspection and analysis.

 

Document Proof of Authenticity or Fraudulence with TCM Inspection Reports®

TCM Inspection Reports® can be used to demand, and receive remuneration for counterfeit bottles already purchased.  Here’s how the process works:

  • Following the comprehensive TCM Inspection process, we analyze findings, photos, and use knowledge, proprietary resources and methodologies and at times further research to determine our opinions on authenticity of each bottle.
  • Findings opinions from bottles deemed counterfeit or inconsistent with known production standards are assembled in comprehensive reports with photographic depictions of anomalies, and can include current market valuation and supporting data.

Should you choose to move forward with remuneration, we remain available as needed for advisory services and expert witness testimony related to the remuneration of fraudulent purchases.

 

Share the Results of Your Authenticated Bottle

Authentic bottles inputted into our groundbreaking, blockchain based Chai Wine Vault by Everledger, can be marketed for sale with a never before level of transparency. Using Chai Wine Vault certification, sellers can make information about a bottles authenticity and provenance public so all interested buyers can see the data about the bottle, including dates of inspection, storage locations, changes of ownership, changes to storage locations, and even bottle conditions via the online Chai Wine Vault portal. Brokers, retailer and auction houses can link to the blockchain information in online catalogues and offerings to show the authentication information to potential buyers, for the life of the bottle, verifying the provenance and thus raising the value of the bottle.




Chai Wine Vault by Everledger

Bottles deemed authentic, or consistent with known production standards following inspection and analysis, will be tagged and inputted into our groundbreaking, blockchain based Chai Wine Vault by Everledger thereby certifying their authenticity as well as tracking and reporting provenance for their lifespan. The inspection data exists in the blockchain including notes and photographs, the bottles unique ID, or “thumbprint,” and an inspection certificate. The details of the authentication can remain private or made public by the owner to be used for marketing and sales purposes as long as the bottle matches the matrix stored as its unique ID in the blockchain and the RFID chip reads viable (unadulterated).

As the bottle changes hands, provenance information can be updated. Brokers, retailer and auction houses can link to the blockchain information in online catalogues and offerings to show the authentication information to potential buyers, for the life of the bottle, verifying the provenance and thus raising the value of the bottle.

 “Maureen’s advice is sound. She is the Queen of sniffing out fakes”
 – Jancis Robinson, OBE, MW

TCM Inspection Reports®- US$800

Rate A: Inspection & Formal Report- US$800*

AUTHENTIC BOTTLES: Chai Vault

Bottles deemed authentic, or consistent with known production standards following inspection and analysis, will be tagged and inputted into our groundbreaking, blockchain based Chai Vault by Everledger thereby certifying their authenticity as well as tracking and reporting provenance for their lifespan. The inspection data exists in the blockchain including notes and photographs, the bottles unique ID, or “thumbprint,” and an inspection certificate. The details of the authentication can remain private or made public by the owner to be used for marketing and sales purposes as long as the bottle matches the matrix stored as its unique ID in the blockchain and the RFID chip reads viable (unadulterated).

As the bottle changes hands, provenance information can be updated. Brokers, retailer and auction houses can link to the blockchain information in online catalogues and offerings to show the authentication information to potential buyers, for the life of the bottle, verifying the provenance and thus raising the value of the bottle.

COUNTERFEIT BOTTLES: TCM Inspection Reports®

Bottles deemed inauthentic or inconsistent with known production standards following inspection and analysis will be reported through detailed, draft, or court ready, written reports. Our extensive report include photographs and descriptions of why the bottle is found counterfeit, or inconsistent with authentic production standards, and can include current market replacement valuation to compel vendors to settle quick and significant claims for bad purchases, without having to incur the costs of going to court.

Rate A- Bottle Criteria:

  • 1961 Vintage and earlier
  • Large format bottles of any age
  • Belgian/Foreign/Negociant bottled (i.e. Vandermeulen, Caves Dessilly & Calvet)
  • Etablissements Nicolas
  • Mahler Besse late release/recent release bottles
  • Domaine de la Romanée Conti
  • Domaine Comte de Vogüé
  • Domaine Henri Jayer
  • Domaine Roumier
  • Domaine Rousseau
  • Château Petrus
  • Château Lafite

*A discount of 20% is available for submissions of 4 or more of the exact same bottle. Please contact us for a discount code to use at checkout for similar bottles.

For counterfeit bottles, WineFraud.com will refund/credit the full value of Verbal Inspection, if we are able to keep the bottle for the WineFraud.com Counterfeit Library.


TCM Inspection Reports®- US$550

Rate B: Inspection & Formal Report- US$550*

AUTHENTIC BOTTLES: Chai Vault

Bottles deemed authentic, or consistent with known production standards following inspection and analysis, will be tagged and inputted into our groundbreaking, blockchain based Chai Vault by Everledger thereby certifying their authenticity as well as tracking and reporting provenance for their lifespan. The inspection data exists in the blockchain including notes and photographs, the bottles unique ID, or “thumbprint,” and an inspection certificate. The details of the authentication can remain private or made public by the owner to be used for marketing and sales purposes as long as the bottle matches the matrix stored as its unique ID in the blockchain and the RFID chip reads viable (unadulterated).

As the bottle changes hands, provenance information can be updated. Brokers, retailer and auction houses can link to the blockchain information in online catalogues and offerings to show the authentication information to potential buyers, for the life of the bottle, verifying the provenance and thus raising the value of the bottle.

COUNTERFEIT BOTTLES: TCM Inspection Reports®

Bottles deemed inauthentic or inconsistent with known production standards following inspection and analysis will be reported through detailed, draft, or court ready, written reports. Our extensive report include photographs and descriptions of why the bottle is found counterfeit, or inconsistent with authentic production standards, and can include current market replacement valuation to compel vendors to settle quick and significant claims for bad purchases, without having to incur the costs of going to court.

Rate B Bottles, are all other bottles that fall outside the criteria included for Rate B.

*A discount of 20% is available for submissions of 4 or more of the exact same bottle. Please contact us for a discount code to use at checkout for similar bottles.

For counterfeit bottles, WineFraud.com will refund/credit the full value of Verbal Inspection, if we are able to keep the bottle for the WineFraud.com Counterfeit Library.

For information on our Verbal Reporting Options, click here.