New This Week

NEW THIS WEEK: May 25, 2018

The final update of May includes three new stories from around the world about different types of wine fraud, as well as new vintages of Margaux ink and bottles.


China’s Steps up Wine Import Business: has decided to create stronger and new relationships with wineries to increase it’s wine business.

Oak Beverages Will Pay $4.3M to Settle Bottle Return Scam: Oak Beverages faces a scam of falsifying it’s bottle return numbers.

Cotes du Rhone Cooperative Hit with Price-Fixing Fine: A cooperative is faced with a fine after dictating minimum prices from 2010-2017.


Margaux: New authentic ink examples as well as bottle images.

NEW THIS WEEK: May 3, 2018

This update showcases a great summary by the Wall Street Journal’s Lettie Teague about our trainings we hosted for the first time on US soil in February. We also added multiple new galleries of authentic Latour ink. 


Bordeaux Wine Firm Found Guilty of Fraud: Grands Vins de Gironde was found guilty of passing off lesser quality wines as higher quality ones.

Footballer Christophe Robert Accused of Wine Counterfeiting: Former football player, Christophe Robert, has been found with counterfeit wines that he claims he believed were authentic.

What it Takes to Out-Sleuth Wine Fraud: A summary of wine fraud and our Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation and Authentication Trainings in San Francisco.


Latour: New authentic ink examples!

NEW THIS WEEK: March 30, 2018

The second update in March includes four new stories about wine fraud around the world, three of which take place in China. Fake Penfolds, Côtes du Rhône, and a general lack of knowledge all are affecting consumers around the globe. We also added new galleries of Madeira, Pingus, and ridiculous counterfeits created by those that are trying to recreate wines, but have done so unsuccessfully.


Nearly 40% of Chinese Consumers Admit to Purchasing Fake Booze: A survey conducted showed that fake alcohol purchases are prevalent and many do not know how to tell the difference. 

Côtes du Rhône Scam Sold 66 Million Bottles of Fake Wine: Raphaël Michel’s Rhone wine fraud accounted for approximately 15% of all bottles from that region.

Chinese Police Seize 50,000 Bottles of Fake Penfolds: A warehouse was discovered to contain over 8300 cases of fake Penfolds.

Wine Fakes Flicked Before Consumer Rights Day: Chinese Police seized fakes of all kinds but in particular fake wines and spirits ahead of Consumer Rights Day.


Madeira: Counterfeit bottles claiming to be from the 1700’s.

Pingus: Authentic vintages of Pingus with capsules and bottles.

Ridiculous Counterfeits: A collection of ridiculous counterfeits and copyright infringements collected over the years. Send us any that you find as well!

NEW THIS WEEK: March 9, 2018

The first update in March includes wine fraud stories from around the world, two of which show the darker side of reporting wine fraud: victims now being sued and losing court cases with insurance companies. We added new Lafite ink images as well.


Customers Ripped off by Wine Store Now Being Sued: Customers of Premier Cru who sued to get their money back, are now being sued by the trustee.

Appeals Court Invokes Shakespeare in $18 Million Wine Fraud: A court sided with an insurance company regarding a loss, but not of property.

Alleged Canterbury Wine Fraud Company in Liquidation: Southern Boundary Wines is now in liquidation after allegations of wine fraud.


Lafite: New ink and print examples from modern vintages of labels and capsules.

NEW THIS WEEK: February 8, 2018

The first update in February includes many new images for our galleries- of both Roumier and Rousseau. We have authentic inks and bottles added. In addition, if you buy wine in Taiwan, keep an eye out for the wine company Wei Li Wines who manufactured tens of thousands of bottles of fake Argentine wines.


Taiwan Authorities Bust Fake Argentine Wine Company: A father-son company in Taiwan was found with thousands of bottles of fake wine labelled as Argentine wine.


Rousseau: New authentic ink & print examples of modern vintages.

Roumier: New authentic bottle images were added to our galleries.

NEW THIS WEEK: January 25, 2018

The second update in January finds us with many new stories of different types of wine fraud from around the world including counterfeit wines in Asia, wine theft, and fraudulent attempts at buying in the US. We also added in new images to our galleries of authentic Hudelot Noellot wines as well as Haut Brion inks.


Chinese Police Seize 14,000 Bottles of Fake Penfolds: Chinese site, Alibaba, had 14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds taken.

Chinese Alibaba Shuts Down 240K Shops for Selling Fakes: Alibaba shut down hundreds of thousands of shops that were selling counterfeit items, including wines.

Assistant Steals $1.2 Million of Wine from Goldman Sachs Exec: Nicolas DeMeyer stole over $1 Million in wine from his boss while employed including DRC.

Police Investigating Fraud Against Local Wineries: Washington Wineries saw multiple cases of large orders attempting to pay with fake checks.

Counterfeit Georgian Wine Removed from Ukraine Sales: Falsely labeled wine trying to pass as Georgian wine was taken out of circulation in Ukraine.


Hudelot Noellot: New vintages of Vosne Romanee and Ink and Print.

Haut Brion: New vintages of Ink and Print.

NEW THIS WEEK: January 12, 2018

Happy New Year! As the Holidays have passed, we have some interesting wine fraud stories from late 2017, and early 2018. This year we look forward to uncovering more wine fraud, developing spirits fraud, as well as continuing to educate our members about how to determine if their wines are authentic or counterfeit. We start the year with authentic examples of 2013 and 2014 Fourrier in different vineyards.


Scammer Found Selling Fake Petrus: Paul Oster was found selling 20,000 euros of fake Petrus.

French Customers Investigate 420,000 Litres of ‘Fake Bordeaux': Customs has found at distribution centers, fake bottles of various Bordeaux wines.

Yuletide Sales: Beware of Fake Products: As the holidays come and go, so do fake products such as wines to be sold.

Counterfeit Bootleggers Sentenced in China: Three men were sentenced in China for manufacturing fake spirits.

Hogmanay Revellers Warned to Avoid “Potentially Lethal’ Fake Vodka Sweeping UK: Vodka with dangerous amounts of alcohol is popping up over the UK.


Fourrier: Authentic images of ink and print, as well as bottles from the newest vintages.


NEW THIS WEEK: November 30, 2017

The second update in November includes the first tranche of Henri Jayer images- all authentic of new vintages, both of bottles and ink.


Henri Jayer: Authentic images of ink in new vintages.

NEW THIS WEEK: November 16, 2017

In the update for the part of November, we added new images of ink examples for Dujac and Fourrier.


Dujac: Authentic vintages and examples of ink and print.

Fourrier: Authentic images of ink and print from new vintages.

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