New This Week

NEW THIS WEEK: May 18, 2017

In the second update of May, we added thousands of new images of new vintages of Mouton, Margaux, and other producers- both counterfeit and authentic. In wine fraud news around the world, a wine counterfeiter many are calling the “Russian Rudy” was sentenced to prison.


Alibaba Sues Maker of Fake Wuliangye Spirits: Alibaba sued a maker of fake liquor who infringing on trademarks.

Russian Rudy Jailed for DRC Fakes: Aleksandr Iugov was sentenced to four years in prison for selling DRC counterfeit wines.


Producers: Counterfeit and Authentic: Authentic and counterfeit images of ink and bottles of Mouton, Margaux, and more.

NEW THIS WEEK: May 4, 2017

In the first week of May, we have been very busy hosting our London Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation and Authentication Training Level I and II. We have also added many new galleries of authentic and counterfeit ink and bottles. In addition, we have added new news stories from around the world.


World Wine Traders Sign Accord on Fighting Counterfeiting: Eight countries signed an agreement to share information and technical expertise to eliminate counterfeiting.

£230 Million Worth of Fake Alcohol & Food Seized Worldwide: Interpol and Europol in 61 countries from December to March seized copious amounts of fake alcohol.


Producers: Counterfeit and Authentic: Authentic and counterfeit images of ink and bottles were added for producers like Ponsot and Roumier.

NEW THIS WEEK: April 20, 2017

The second update in April contains some great new content! While China’s wine reputation typically involves imported wines and a market filled with counterfeits, we cover the winemaking experience in Ningxia. Next, we have some great side by side comparisons of authentic and counterfeit Tignanello. Finally, we added some great new ink pictures of authentic and counterfeit inks. Especially check out our  MiScope video blog as well as our Sassicaia videos.


My Experiences in Ningxia: Nova writes about the experience of making wine in China.

In der Schweiz Sind Fälschungen des Beliebten Tignanello im Umlauf: Fake Tignanello were found, and these great pictures show comparisons of authentic and counterfeit.

Shenzen Customs Busts $11.6M Smuggled Wines: Ten thousand wines were confiscated after being smuggled in through Chinese customs.

MiScope: Check out these great images of counterfeit wines using a MiScope.

French Winemakers Launch Campaign Against ‘Unfair’ Spanish Competition: French winemakers in Montpellier have launched a campaing to educate buyers about Spanish wine looking like French.

NAFDAC Bursts Counterfeit Moet, Chandon Wine, St. Remy Brandy, Others: NAFDAC found seven counterfeiters making fake wine and liquors.


Producers: Counterfeit and Authentic: Authentic and counterfeit images of ink for producers like Sassicaia, La Mission Haut Brion, Tiganello, and Petrus.

NEW THIS WEEK: April 6, 2017

The first update of April showcases stories about wine fraud from around the world. These stories are unique, but show the breadth of types of wine fraud that impact the industry.


Harry Mosley Gets Jailed: Harry Mosley, who we previously covered, frauded elderly clients of wine and money was sentenced to four years and four months of prison.

Singapore, You Could be Drinking Fake Wine: Laurent Ponsot says that counterfeit wines are so rampant in Singapore 10 are sold each day.

Professional Fraudster from Archway Guilty of £104,000 Wine Con: Lasse Hartmann was sentenced to 22 felonies of defrauding people as a wine dealer.

Wine Thief Sentenced to 15 Months in Federal Prison: One of the men involved in the French Laundry Christmas wine theft was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

The Wine Detective Battling Counterfeits: Philip Moulin is battling counterfeit wines based on authentications skills he learned from Maureen Downey.

NEW THIS WEEK: March 23, 2017

The second update of March is all about news stories. Check out the stories below to see all different kinds of wine fraud throughout the world. Counterfeiting, wine investment fraud, heists, and copyright lookalikes all dominated the headlines.


NAFDAC Locks Wine Store in Wuse Market, Abuja Over Counterfeiting: Multiple wine shops in Nigeria were shut down after selling fake and unregistered wines.

Italy Nabs Criminal Gang Responsible for Cheese and Wine Heists: A gang has been holding up cheese factories and stealing thousands of bottles of wine.

Changing Tastes: China’s Import Wine Industry: A great look inside the Chinese wine industry and trends to look for including counterfeiting.

Vivino Launches Netflix Concept for Wine Retailers: Vivino launched a way for consumers to purchase wines repeatedly, and use recommendations to buy wines online.

Wine Broker Conman Admits Defrauding Customers: Twenty-Five year old Harry Mosley, admits to defrauding elderly customers of their wine collections and money for personal use.

The Fake, The Fraudulent, and the Lookalikes at Chengdu Wine Fair: The Wine Fair in Chengdu saw some very obviously fake wines- especially a poor example of Petrus lookalikes.

NEW THIS WEEK: March 9, 2017

The first update in March has a ton of great information for our members. Maureen Downey delivers her Recommended Reading List, which has her favorite wine books she’s read included. Also featured are some new stories about wine fraud around the world: a Rudy Kurniawan DRC Case that has mysteriously been sold over and over with TK Wines, potential Bali Customs agents committing wine fraud, counterfeiting on the lower end of wine, Las Vegas aiding counterfeiters, and Sothebys pulling bottles from auction. So many good stories about how wine fraud is still prevalent on all corners of the globe. Finally, check out the new ink images showing the impact light has on ink.


Recommended Reading List: Maureen Downey compiled all the books she recommends to those who want to learn more about wine and wine fraud.

TK Wines Now Called AucWine: A 5 star Wine-Searcher rating for AucWine, but the former TK Wines that is known to sell counterfeit cases of DRC.

Bali Customs Wine Fraud: An anonymous tip about the potential for Bali Customs officers to strip vacationers of their wines and sell them to Bali collectors.

Counterfeit Carlo Rossi Proves Counterfeiting Affects all Wines: In a strange story to many, 20,000 bottles of counterfeit Carlo Rossi wines were found in Shanghai. This is further proof that there is no wine that is safe from counterfeiting.

This $5K Hamburger is a Steal if You are a Wine Forger: A Mandolay Bay restaurant is now featuring a $5K hamburger that comes complete with a bottle of 1995 Petrus. The empty bottle is the souvenir of the dinner, as the restaurant lets you keep it.

Sothebys Investigates DRC Lot: Auction house Sothebys pulled down a magnum of 1959 Romanée-Conti after questions of it’s provenance came up.

Feedback: Hong Kong: We sold out our training in Hong Kong last month, and a new testimonial and pictures page was added.


Mouton Ink: New ink shots with a new MiScope show how different lights can show different inks on a label.

NEW THIS WEEK: February 23, 2017

This week’s update includes new galleries, new blogs, and information about how important provenance is. A blog about Alexander Anikin and Mahatma Wines selling counterfeit wines has details about the wines, as well as information about their arrest. We also added in two new pages to our Recreate Section of Wine Authentication: Provenance and OWCs. These offer great new insights to different aspects of wine creation.


Alexander Anikin and the Wine Ring: Eight total men were arrested in a wine ring from counterfeiting wines, with details on the bottles they counterfeited.

Two Men Sentences for Wine Fraud Offenses: Two men were sentenced to prison after taking wine investment money from clients and using for their own personal uses. Also read more here.

Wine Expert Fingered in $300,000 Wine Heist: A wine expert in Melbourne has been suspected to have stolen wines from his business and sold for his own personal cellar.


Provenance: A page about provenance to our Wine Authentication section was added to include pictures of fake provenance stories.

OWCs: Galleries of authentic and Rudy Kurniawan OWCs were added.

Membership is the only place where vendors, collectors and producers have expert, insider information about wine counterfeiting and wine fraud. Each week, we update galleries and articles to feature new stories and wines. The annual cost of membership is far less than the purchase or sale of just one rare bottle of wine, and is significantly less than the legal costs and damage to the brand if a vendor sells counterfeits, or a producer’s brand is counterfeited. To see our new additions, and all has to offer, become a member today.