Presentations & Training

Presentations & Authentication Training

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

2019  Hong Kong NEW! 28 February & 1 March, 2019 – Accepting Registrations!

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: 28 February, 2019

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: 28 February, 2019

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: 1 March, 2019

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


Hong Kong

Hong Kong Presentation and Training 28 February & 1 March,  2019

Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation 28 February: 12pm - 1pm: Reception and lunch (included) for Authentication Level I Attendees 1pm – 5pm: Authentication Training Level I

Authentication Training Level II Part A 1 March: 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.