Recommended Reading List

As many people start to learn about wines, authenticating, and the history of wine producing, I get questions about what books I recommend, and especially from Members, what additional information is out there to continue your education. Over the course of my career, I've read and acquired many books and below is my recommended reading list.


Where We See Counterfeits in Today’s Market

We are often asked where we are seeing counterfeits in the current marketplace, so I thought I would give a few words about where in the recent months we have been finding counterfeit bottles pop up most frequently. In some instances, these are long term trends we have been seeing for years.

Top 10 things to avoid when buying fine wine:

  1. eBay
  2. Verticals
  3. Regional, small and new auction houses in Europe and Hong Kong
  4. Brokers
  5. Certain NYC Retailers and brokers
  6. Known Rudy Kurniawan resellers
  7. Auction consignments from Rudy Kurniawan buddies
  8. Large format 1945 DRC
  9. Rosé
  10. Swiss provenance
  11. Fanciful provenance stories



How to Use

In order to make a more useful tool in the fight against wine fraud and counterfeits, I want to take a moment to describe to members how we envision the use of the information here to best benefit members. Let me start by simply stating what is and is not: IS a one of a kind educational resource with corresponding photo galleries, information about vintages and producers as they relate to being counterfeited, as well as evidence of counterfeits and information to assist those interested in learning how to authenticate fine and rare wines.