Presentations & Training

Presentations & Authentication Training

Hong Kong 9-13 October 2017


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Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation 9th October 9am-12pm

An overview of the history of wine fraud beginning in ancient times, and continuing through to the more recent Rodenstock and Kurniawan counterfeit cases, right up to the frauds we are working to uncover and help prosecute today. We discuss the numerous ways that villainous vendors and merchants in the wine industry have discovered to defraud fellow merchants and consumers alike. The different types of bottle counterfeiting, as well as the authentication techniques we use to find them is presented in an enlightening and engaging presentation. 

As a wine merchant of 25 years + experience and having worked for a number of London’s top wine merchants, Maureen’s approach is a breath of fresh air in helping both traders and consumers see through the secrecy and be able to understand what is real and what is not.

-Jamie Graham, Brunswick Fine Wines


Authentication Training Level I 9th October 1pm-5pm

Attending the Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation is a prerequisite.

The essential first-step training for anyone who collects or works with fine and rare wine, or is curious about wine authentication. This Level I training is an overview that touches on all parts of the bottle and major topics of counterfeiting and authentication. Attendees are encouraged to bring 1-2 bottles for authentication workshopping, and to attain professional opinions on authenticity from our experts. Attendees receive a Level I WineFraud.com Authentication Starter Kit.

Those intending to attend training will have to supply work information including 2 professional references. We reserve the right to refuse attendance and participation.



Authentication Training Level II 10th, 12th, and 13th 9:30am-5pm
(LIMITED TO 15 ATTENDEES PER SESSION)

1962 Musigny E

Attending the Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation and Authentication Training Level I training are prerequisites.

Designed for the serious wine collector or those who do/should/want to authenticate wine as part of their jobs, or who are looking to become Professional Authenticators. Expanding on subjects touched on in Level I, introducing new, more complex subject matter and spending a significant amount of practical time using the tools provided and working bottles. A highlight is the session on anti-fraud, and what to look for in verifying the most highly counterfeited wines in the last 2 decades. Participants gain a more thorough understanding of the authentication process, and can start on the path to becoming Professional Authenticators. Attendees are encouraged to bring an additional 3-4 bottles for authentication workshopping, and for authentication. Attendees receive a Level II WineFraud.com Authentication Starter Kit.

Those intending to attend training will have to supply work information including 2 professional references. We reserve the right to refuse attendance and participation.



Training to be a Certified TCM Authenticator®

Becoming a Professional Authenticator, like many trades, takes a considerable amount of time, and training. We are rapidly expanding and will need qualified, trained people who we can license to authenticate bottles and enter them into the Chai Wine Vault powered by Everledger. Attending the Wine Fraud Presentation and Levels I and II Training are preferred as foundation training, but are not required. If interested in more information, please inquire.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Presentation and Training 9th-13th October, 2017 at Hyatt Grand Hotel

The Hong Kong Training will take place at Grand Hyatt in October.

Monday 9th October 9am – 12pm Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation 12pm – 1pm: Reception and lunch for those staying for Training 1pm – 5pm: Authentication Training Level I

Tuesday 10th October Attendees must have attended the prior full day. Please note this is a full day session. 9:30am – 12pm: Authentication Training Level II Part A 12pm – 1pm: Lunch included 1pm – 5pm: Authentication Training Level II Part B

Thursday 12th October Attendees must have attended the 9th full day. Please note this is a full day session. 9:30am – 12pm: Authentication Training Level II Part A 12pm – 1pm: Lunch included 1pm – 5pm: Authentication Training Level II Part B

Friday 13th October Attendees must have attended the 9th full day. Please note this is a full day session. 9:30am – 12pm: Authentication Training Level II Part A 12pm – 1pm: Lunch included 1pm – 5pm: Authentication Training Level II Part B

Please note that Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are the same session offered on three separate days to accommodate demand.

You may choose to attend only the morning Presentation, or the entire day. Those wishing to attend Training Level II must have attended a Presentation and Training Level I.

One bottle may be brought by each attendee of each level of Training (One bottle for Training Level I, and a second bottle for Training Level II) to be used in workshopping to determine authentication.

Attendance is limited to 15 people per day.

Those wishing to attend training will have to supply work information including 2 professional references.
We reserve the right to refuse attendance and participation. Purchases are non-refundable, but cancellations made more than 72 hours in advance may be applied to future presentations.