Presentations & Training

Presentations & Authentication Training

Upcoming Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation and Authentication Training Level I & II

2018 San Francisco (February) 
Monday, February 26th: Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentations and Authentication Training Level I
The Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco

Tuesday, February 27th: Authentication Training Level II
The Wine Cave, Wingtip Club, San Francisco

2019  Hong Kong (February)

2020 London (April/May)

Frequently Asked Questions

Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentations, Fine Wine Authentication Training Seminars, and Wine Collection Seminars are also available for private groups and events. Please inquire here.

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

Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation: February 26th, 9AM to 12PM

We review the history of wine fraud, beginning in ancient times, through the more recent Rodenstock and Kurniawan counterfeit cases, including the fraud that we expose and help to prosecute today. We discuss the numerous ways that villainous vendors and malicious merchants in the wine industry defraud fellow merchants and consumers alike. We outline the different types of bottle counterfeiting, as well as the authentication techniques that we use to reveal them.


Authentication Training Level I: February 26th, 1PM to 5PM

This is the essential first-step training for anyone who collects, or works with fine and rare wine--or is curious about wine authentication. Level I training touches on many aspects of the bottle and the major topics of counterfeiting and authentication. We encourage attendees to bring a bottle for authentication workshopping. Attendees receive a take-home authentication toolkit. Lunch is provided. Attendee work history and two professional references are required; we reserve the right to refuse admission. Presentation attendance is a prerequisite.

Authentication Training Level II: February 27th, 9:30AM to 5PM

1962 Musigny E

This day-long, in-depth session serves serious wine collectors, those who should authenticate wine as part of their jobs, and those who seek to become professional authenticators. We expand on the subjects covered in Level I, introduce new and more complex subject matter, and spend a significant amount of time using trade tools for the hands-on comparison of known counterfeits (from our extensive collection of fakes) with authentic bottles. We analyze current anti-fraud efforts and teach what to look for in assessing the most highly counterfeited wines of the last two decades. Participants gain a more thorough understanding of the authentication process and can start on the path to becoming TCM Certified Authenticators ® . We encourage attendees to bring an additional bottle for hands-on workshopping. Attendees receive additional take-home authentication tools. Lunch is provided. Level I training attendance is a prerequisite. Level II is limited to 15 attendees per session.

Training to be a Certified TCM Authenticator®

Becoming a professional authenticator requires a considerable investment of time and hands-on experiences--but the journey is as rewarding and exciting as the results. For further details on our proprietary, systematic and intensive training program, please contact us via


San Francisco

 San Francisco Presentation and Training February 26-27

Monday, February 26: 9am - 12pm Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation 12pm - 1pm: Reception and lunch (included) for Authentication Level I Attendees 1pm – 5pm: Authentication Training Level I

Tuesday, February 27: 9:30am - 12pm: Authentication Training Level II, Part A 12pm - 1pm: Lunch (included) 1pm - 5pm: Authentication Training Level II, Part B

This is a full-day session. Attendees must have attended the Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation as well as the Authentication Training Level I, on February 26. Companies can receive a discount for sending 3 or more attendees to the trainings, for more information, please email

 Attendees may choose to attend only the morning Presentation, or the entire day. The Presentation and Training Level I are prerequisites for Training Level II. Attendees may bring one bottle for each level of Training to be used in authentication workshopping. Attendance is limited to 15 people per day. Registrants must provide work history and two professional references; we reserve the right to refuse admission. Purchases are non-refundable, but cancellations made more than 72 hours in advance may be applied to future presentations.

Attendees must complete applications before attendance is confirmed. We reserve the right to refuse attendance. Purchases are non-refundable, but cancellations made more than 72 hours in advance may be applied to future presentations.