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, almost always without having to take the situations to court. The cost of a report is far less than a court case.

Statistics from 9 recent counterfeit 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 more information about verbal reports, click here.

All prices are in US Dollars.



How Does it Work?

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*
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.



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, if you prefer.
  • 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 up to 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.

 


Document Proof of Authenticity or Fraudulence with TCM Inspection Reports®

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

  • Following inspection, we analyze inspection findings, photos, and use knowledge and proprietary methodologies 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 can be registered and marketed as having been authenticated with our blockchain based authentication database, for access by buyers and sellers of fine and rare wine. Bottles deemed authentic or consistent with known authentic examples or production standards can be reported via entry into our proprietary blockchain based Chai Wine Vault by Everledger, where the information and provenance of the bottle can grow and exist either privately, or publicly, as long as the bottle’s proprietary ID or “thumbprint” still exists.


Chai Wine Vault by Everledger

Our blockchain based authentication database will revolutionize wine authentication. Clients will be able to use the outcome to market their bottles as having been authenticated, and provenance will be tracked for the life of the bottle, as long as the bottle remains unaltered such that its unique ID in the block chain is intact. Brokers, retailer and auction houses can link to the block chain information to show the authentication information to potential buyers, for the bottles life, 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$1,200

Rate A: Formal Reporting- US$1200*

TCM Inspection Reports® are formal 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 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.

Rate B- 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 5 or more of the exact same bottle. Please contact us for a discount code to use at checkout for similar bottles.

TCM Inspection Reports®- US$700

Rate B: Formal Reporting- US$700*

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 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.

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

*A discount of 20% is available for submissions of 5 or more of the exact same bottle. Please contact us for a discount code to use at checkout for similar bottles.