New This Week

NEW THIS WEEK: August 3, 2018

The final update of July saw the last group (for now!) of Margaux wines, and three new wine stories from around the world.

NEW THIS WEEK:

Wine Australia Suspends Daleford Wine’s Export License: Wine Australia suspended the license of the brand who was capitalizing off of Penfolds.

California Wine Shows traces of Fukushima Fallout: Increased radiation from 2011 vintages and present are appearing in wines.

Pingus and Vega Sicilia Wines were counterfeited: The four person crime ring was arrested, and how Pingus took them down.

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Margaux: Hundreds more vintages 1960- present of bottles and ink.



NEW THIS WEEK: July 13, 2018

The first update in July has hundreds of new Margaux ink and print as well as bottle images- all authentic- in early vintages. We also added two new blogs covering wine fraud and Australia to meet our Authenticator Trainees in that side of the world.

NEW THIS WEEK:

The Australian Wine Auction Market & the Future for Combatting Fraud: TCM Authenticator Trainee Scott Evers talks about the nuances of Australia’s wine auction market and fraud that comes with it.

Tackling Fraudulent & Counterfeit Wines: TCM Authenticator Trainee Alison Eisermann Ctercteko shares a piece written for press in Australia and New Zealand about wine fraud.

No Way Rose: 10M Bottles of Spanish Wine Passed of as French: Less expensive Spanish wine was passed off as French Rose in 2016 and 2017.

Man Makes 21K Profit on Antique Wine Bottle He Thought was Fake: Steve Williams made a hefty profit after selling what he thought was an old fake wine bottle, but turned out to be authentic.

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Margaux: Hundreds more early vintages of ink and bottles.



NEW THIS WEEK: June 29, 2018

Our June update is full of hundreds of new Margaux images, with hundreds more still to come! We also have a news story about the capsules on French bottles, and how they will change going forward, and could continue to change.

NEW THIS WEEK:

So Long, Marianne: The image of Marianne is no longer required to be on French wine capsules.

Wine and Spirits One of Top Sectors Affected by Counterfeiting: Almost $3B is lost each year in revenues due to counterfeiting.

PRODUCER INFORMATION

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



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.

NEW THIS WEEK:

China’s JD.com Steps up Wine Import Business: JD.com 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.

PRODUCER INFORMATION

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. 

NEW THIS WEEK:

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.

PRODUCER INFORMATION

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.

NEW THIS WEEK:

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.

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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.

NEW THIS WEEK:

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.

PRODUCER INFORMATION

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.

NEW THIS WEEK:

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.

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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.

NEW THIS WEEK:

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.

PRODUCER INFORMATION

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

Haut Brion: New vintages of Ink and Print.






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