Authenticate My Wine- TCM Verbal Opinion Report®

Authenticate My Wine- TCM Verbal Opinion Report®

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.

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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: 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.

Haven’t purchased Yet? That is the BEST time to call in the experts!  We inspect auction lots and retail/broker offerings to ensure veracity of bottles prior to making an investment. It is a quick process and can save lots of time, money and hassle if inspections are done prior to purchase. For pre-purchase inspections, you need only TCM Verbal Opinion Reports® are we offer discounts for large numbers of bottles, and like bottles. For more information please contact us.


TCM Verbal Opinion Report®
Client Acknowledgement of Findings Confidentiality

Client agrees all findings of a TCM Verbal Opinion Report® are confidential, intended solely for the personal edification of the Client. Client agrees they will not, and may not, state verbally, in writing nor in any other medium or cause to be known, for the purposes of marketing or in attempt to boost or substantiate sales, or for the purposes of attaining remuneration, product or store credit or substantiate a claim of bad purchases to a vendor, that Chai Consulting has vetted ANY wines based on the findings of a TCM Verbal Opinion Report® . If Client decides after the TCM Verbal Opinion Report® is delivered they would like to use the findings for marketing purposes or remuneration of bad purchases, or to make the outcome of the inspection to be known to others, Client must submit bottles for a second inspection and Formal TCM Inspection Report® is required for every bottle for which the client wants to share findings.

A full list of the Terms of Service are available here.


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


TCM Verbal Opinion Report® – US$500

Rate A: Verbal Reporting- US$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 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.

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 Verbal Opinion Report® – US$250

Rate B: Verbal Reporting- US$250*

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.

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.