New This Week

NEW THIS WEEK: June 15, 2017

The second update in June includes new authentic and counterfeit images of some of our favorite Bordeaux wine producers both of the bottles and of the ink and print methods. We also have an update of a new story about wine investment fraud.


Hoddesdon Fraudster Jailed for Stealing Thousands from Wine Investors: Two men were jailed for being involved in a wine investment fraud scheme.


Producers: Counterfeit and Authentic: Authentic and counterfeit examples of Lafite and La Mission Haut Brion.

NEW THIS WEEK: June 1, 2017

The end of May and beginning of June brought a deluge of images and content regarding Latour and a few other producers. We added over 60 galleries of new photos of authentic and counterfeit examples of bottles and ink in new vintages. An additional story was added regarding the authentic certifications that Aymeric de Clouet gives to bottles and the question of his authority over the subject.


Food Fraud: High Roller of the Crime Scene: Crime rings are beginning to find food and wine counterfeiting is a lucrative business and shifting their focus, especially with wine in China.

Aymeric de Clouet: de Clouet has been using a title of being in the Paris Court of Appeals to authenticate counterfeit wines. Please watch out for any wines that come with his approval.


Latour: Authentic, Counterfeit, and Ink & Print Examples were added in over 50 galleries including eight new videos in vintages ranging from 1929 to 2010.

Producers: Counterfeit and Authentic: Authentic and counterfeit examples of Le Pin and Leflaive.

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.

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