Authenticate My Wine

Authenticate My Wine

Whether concerned about a single bottle of wine, or an entire cellar full of them, if you have made purchases recently or decades ago, we will help determine the authenticity of your investment.

Fine and rare wine markets are flooded with both old and rare, and recent release counterfeits. More counterfeits are being made and released, as well as returned and resold to new buyers by unscrupulous, uneducated or careless vendors all the time.

We are here to help you protect your investment, mitigate purchase risk, and help you attain remuneration if you have been sold counterfeits.

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


BOTTLES TO BE INSPECTED?

Pre-Purchase Vetting: Please inquire directly via info@winefraud.com to learn about hourly rates and availability. Having fine and rare bottles inspected before purchase is highly suggested.

Large Quantities, Full Collection Inspection, and Very Fragile Bottles: We can travel to your wine anywhere in the world. For large projects and jobs requiring traveling to your wine, please inquire directly via info@winefraud.com to learn about hourly rates and availability. 

A Few Bottles, or Several Cases: Bottles can be sent to one of our trusted storage partners and trained authenticators around the world for inspection.

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.
NOTE: Shipping and storage fees are not included in inspection and reporting fees.


INSPECTION AND REPORTING

All inspections follow The Chai Method™, Maureen Downey’s proprietary 90+ point inspection of the bottle utilizing state-of-the-art hands-on, forensic investigation and assessment techniques. Following inspection, we carefully analyze gathered data, compare information to our vast database resource, complete any further research required and consider other data points needed to come to our conclusive opinion of findings- which are delivered in either Verbal or Formal formats.

INSPECTION AND VERBAL REPORTING: AUTHENTIC AND INAUTHENTIC

Verbal Opinions are delivered either by phone or in person. No written report is provided, not even in email. Findings are confidential and may not be used for sales, marketing, or remuneration purposes.

Verbal Reporting is appropriate for:

  • Pre-purchase inspection to mitigate risk of bad purchases – Private Buyers Only.
  • Collectors wanting to have an initial sample of a larger collection vetted, prior to engaging our inspectors for a full cellar inspection.

 

INSPECTION AND FORMAL REPORTING: AUTHENTIC

Bottles deemed authentic/consistent with known authentic examples and production standards, are certified in our groundbreaking, blockchain based, digital ledger—the Chai Vault. The data points of  TCM™ inspection, photographs and other data are registered in the bottles individual blockchain ledger, creating the bottles digital thumbprint. Sales or provenance information can be added to strengthen the power of the online information. We can also link the Chai Vault ID to an existing inventory ID, such as CellarTracker.

Owners receive access to their own online digital Wine Vault, in which all their certified bottles are registered. Cases, or bottles coming from the same OWC are noted. Owners can add in location information, and any other cellar management functions they may need. The online Wine Vault gives collectors access to their bottle’s Certificates of Authenticity and Provenance – an online certificate with information including the authenticators name, date and location, condition report if applicable, if it is part of a case or a standalone bottle, and importantly, all provenance information which can be support with evidence.

Certificates of Authenticity and Provenance can be made public or kept private. The bottle owners name and purchase details can be encrypted for privacy, however the name of the authenticator, date and location of the authentication, and names and dates of sales and vendors will remain unencrypted – should the bottle’s URL be made public for marketing purposes. As the bottle changes hands, provenance can be updated, thereby preserving, and increasing, the bottle’s value over time.

 

Inspection and Formal Reporting: Inauthentic

Bottles deemed inconsistent with known authentic examples and production standards / inauthentic or counterfeit: we deliver our opinion to the owner in a detailed, court-ready document that includes comparative photographic examples of known authentic bottles in support of our claim. Findings can be used for seeking remuneration.

Formal Reporting is appropriate for:

  • Those who have already purchased wine which may be counterfeit.
  • Collectors that want to have their bottles / collections certified on the blockchain based, Chai Vault, for insurance and increased resale value purposes.
  • Any reseller of wine. (Verbal Reporting is not available to resellers)

TCM Inspection Reports®

RATES

Verbal Report, Rate A: $500 per Bottle
Verbal Report, Rate B: $250 per Bottle
Formal Report, Rate A: $800 per Bottle
Formal Report, Rate B: $550 per Bottle

Rate A bottles include:
–bottles from the 1961 vintage and earlier
–large formats
–Belgian, foreign and/or negociant bottled (i.e. Vandermeulen, Caves Dessily, Calvet) wines
–Etablissements Nicolas bottlings
–late-release Mahler-Besse bottings
–bottlings from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Comte de Vogue, Henri Jayer, Roumier, Rousseau, Petrus and Lafite

All other bottles are subject to Rate B.

Discounts may apply to multiple, like bottles. Please inquire directly via info@winefraud.com if you have more than four like bottles you would like inspected.


TCM Verbal Opinion Report®

RATES

Verbal Report, Rate A: $500 per Bottle
Verbal Report, Rate B: $250 per Bottle
Formal Report, Rate A: $800 per Bottle
Formal Report, Rate B: $550 per Bottle

Rate A bottles include:
–bottles from the 1961 vintage and earlier
–large formats
–Belgian, foreign and/or negociant bottled (i.e. Vandermeulen, Caves Dessily, Calvet) wines
–Etablissements Nicolas bottlings
–late-release Mahler-Besse bottings
–bottlings from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Comte de Vogue, Henri Jayer, Roumier, Rousseau, Petrus and Lafite

All other bottles are subject to Rate B.

Discounts may apply to multiple, like bottles. Please inquire directly via info@winefraud.com if you have more than four like bottles you would like inspected.