Presentations & Authentication Training
Hong Kong October 2017
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Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation 9am-12:15pm
This presentation is about the various kinds of wine fraud and counterfeiting. People think that fake bottles are all the same, and that wine fraud is contained to the creation and sale of counterfeit bottles. Too many unfortunately overlook all the different types of fraud, the schemes and the lengths to which crooks will go to defraud lovers of wine, across all levels of the market. In this 3 hour introduction to Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting, we discuss all the different types of wine fraud and the different types of counterfeiting, the history of wine fraud going back to ancient times and coming all the way up to the most infamous scoundrels in modern history and those that have created the plagued market in which we all find ourselves. We discuss current counterfeits and frauds being uncovered today, the most frequently counterfeited producers and vintages and touch on the global topics of authentication and anti-fraud technologies.
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 1pm-4:45pm
Attending the Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation is a prerequisite.Beginning with a presentation about the basics of authentication, we walk – quickly through all the different steps of authentication, overviews some of the top tools of the trade and some of the top “what to look for” items as we compare authentic and counterfeit versions of the most frequently counterfeited producers in the world. Best practices are addressed for those wishing to protect their investments and their firms, and the Chai Wine Vault is introduced. A workshop session, where attendees spend time with actual counterfeit bottles will allow them to practically experience the difference between authentic and counterfeit corks, capsules, labels, glass and other aspects that highlight these differences. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a bottle so that we can use those during workshopping and put their new learnings to work.
Authentication Training Level II 9:15am-4:45pm
(Space extremely limited: Group is capped to keep it very small!)
Attending the Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation and Authentication Training Level I training are prerequisites.In this full day intensive course, attendees delve more deeply into the world of the fine wine authenticator. We introduce the over 90 point check list of The Chai Method® (TCM®) inspection, highlight the importance of “red flags” in the authentication process and discuss at length the systematic steps of TCM® Authentication. Many tricks of counterfeiters are exposed as we take an intimate look at the depths to which counterfeiters go to recreate and age, fake bottles. Many of the things counterfeiters get wrong are noted as we march through the systematic Chai Method approach to authentication. We expose and discuss the fraudsters favorite excuses, “special bottlings,” eleveurs and other frequent targets of fine wine counterfeiters. Anti-fraud technologies are discussed in depth, including what to look for on many of the most frequently counterfeited wines. Attendees are encouraged to bring two to three+ bottles to hone their newly acquired skills and further their learnings in the extensive workshopping as they use their personal authentication tool kits, provided to all attendees of Level II.
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 Presentation and Training October, 2017 at Hyatt Grand Hotel
The Hong Kong Training will take place at Grand Hyatt in October. More details to come.
Attendance is limited.
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.