Authenticate My Wine

Authenticate My Wine

Whether you have concerns 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 to determine the authenticity of your investment. Fine and rare wine markets are flooded with counterfeits and more bottles are being made and released, and even returned and then resold to new buyers by unscrupulous, uneducated or careless vendors all the time. We are here to help you protect your investment, and insure only proper purchases are made, and authentic bottles are enjoyed.

Per Bottle Inspection and Reporting Rates are based on the following criteria:

  • Bottles from the 1961 vintage and earlier, large formats, Belgian/Foreign/Negociant bottled (i.e. Vandermeulen, Caves Dessilly, & Calvet), Etablissements Nicolas, late release Mahler Besse bottles, as well as bottles from Domaines de la Romanée Conti, Comte de Vogüé, Henri Jayer, Roumier and Rousseau, Château Petrus, and Château Lafite are subject to inspection Rate B.
  • All other bottles are subject to inspection Rate A.
For information about our Fine Wine Authentication Clinic in Hong Kong, 6th-9th February, 2017, click here.

How Does it Work?

Ship your bottles to the 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*
Artisan Wine Storage- Hong Kong
*Currently recommended for fastest service.

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.

Valuation is not automatically included in the $700 or $1200 Formal Reporting fee. We now have Current Market Valuation which can be added to your purchase of a Formal report. Current Market Value Reports are photographic reports with representation of retail and auction pricing in the clients direct markets, taking into account expenses and fees that should be repaid as part of compensation for a counterfeit purchase.

Maureen Downey highly suggests the inclusion of a Current Market Value reports on all TCM Inspection Reports® or counterfeit wines stating, “In my experience, the Current Market Valuation reports with screen shots of current offerings and auction results, compel vendors to settle quickly and at much higher prices for clients than they would without them.”

 “Keen, experienced, and methodic is how I describe Maureen’s approach to wine authentication. Maureen Downey’s knowledge and experience have served as an invaluable tool in identifying questionable, highly collectible, often older, wine bottles I purchased. Based on her findings, I was able to return bottles I had purchased or intended to purchase. I highly recommend her service as a wine professional!”
– James Grandison, Professor of Ethics, Victim of Rudy Kurniawan Counterfeits

TCM Verbal Opinion Report®

Verbal Report Rates: $250 or $500

A TCM Verbal Opinion Report® is the clarity that every wine collector needs to ensure the wine they purchased, or are looking to purchase, is authentic.

A full TCM Authentication Inspection® is completed for each bottle. Up to 90+ different points of information and characteristics are inspected using various types of magnification and lighting, and other proprietary methods to determine authenticity opinions. Bottles may be photographed for analysis and research purposes. Following inspection mental and physical notes and photographs are analyzed to determine opinions of authenticity of individual bottles. Once determined, findings are delivered, by individual bottle, to the Client in a TCM Verbal Opinion Report®. No written or paper report is delivered.

TCM Verbal Opinion Report® finds are confidential and are for personal edification only. Findings may not be used for marketing or sales purposes or to attain remuneration.

TCM Inspection Reports®

Formal Report Rates: $700 or $1,200

Formal Reporting comes in two forms:

TCM Inspection Reports® are written reports for counterfeit wines, typically used by clients for purposes of attaining remuneration for bad purchases against the vendors that made the sales.

Entry into the Chai Wine Vault by Everledger for authentic bottles.

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.

TCM Inspection Reports® are drafts or court ready, written reports with photographs and descriptions of why the bottle is found counterfeit, or inconsistent with authentic production standards, and can include current market replacement valuation used to compel vendors to settle quick and significant claims for bad purchases without having to incur the costs of going to court.

Authentic bottles can be inputted into our groundbreaking, blockchain based Chai Wine Vault by Everledger. 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. As the bottle changes hands, provenance information can be updated. Brokers, retailer and auction houses can link to the block chain 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.

Unique Bottle Pricing

Unique Bottle Pricing: $1,800

Unique bottles that do not fall into typical categories. Please inquire if this option best suits the bottle that you wish to have authenticated.