Presentations & Training

Presentations & Authentication Training

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London 3rd – 5th May 2017


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Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation

Join our Chai Consulting/WineFraud.com teams as we walk participants through an overview of the history of wine fraud beginning in ancient times, to the more recent Rodenstock and Kurniawan counterfeit cases, right up to the frauds we are working to uncover and help prosecute today. You’ll be amazed at the numerous ways that villainous vendors and merchants in the wine industry have discovered to defraud fellow merchants and consumers alike. An overview of 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

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. The day includes lunch and coffee/tea break in the afternoon.

This Level I training is an overview that touches on all major topics in a more direct, and in-depth way than we can cover in the presentation. It also affords us the ability to select topics, and at times, cover details that we cannot put on WineFraud.com. Topics covered include:

    • An honest discussion about current market issues and areas of concern
    • The three types of fine & rare wine counterfeits
    • Overview of how to authenticate bottles by examining all aspects including:

    • Main & Other Labels: paper, ink, embossing & foiling
    • Print Methods
    • Capsule: materials, conditions and ageing
    • Cork: types, length, & ageing
    • Glue
    • Glass: a counterfeiters weakness
  • The difference between a good and bad counterfeit bottles
  • Why food and packaging laws matter
  • Information: It is telling you a lot more than you realize
  • Natural/Authentic vs apploed ageing, and the techniques we see most often
  • Issues of Consistency, and why it is so important
  • Overview of anti-counterfeiting measures employed by producers and their efficacy
  • Hands-on workshopping to apply learnings with both counterfeit and authentic bottles
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

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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. The day includes lunch and coffee/tea break in the afternoon.

In Level II Training, we expand on subjects touched on in Level I, introduce new, more complex subject matter and include significant amount of practical time working with counterfeit and authentic bottles. There is a more in-depth focus on the particular parts of the bottle to understand all the things to look at and for in the process of authenticating a bottle so participants can start on the path to becoming Professional Authenticators. Topics and workshopping includes:

  • Overview of the 90+ point systematic inspection checklist of The Chai Method Authentication®
  • Tools we use in authentication and how we use them
  • In-depth education about all the aspects of a bottle and how counterfeiters most frequently manipulate each one
  • Ink & Print: Why we are obsessed with them
  • False ageing techniques and how to spot them
  • Negociant Bottlings & Special Bottlings: Truths and Myths
  • A walk through the regulations and laws authenticators need to know
  • Information on labels, capsules and glass that expose counterfeits, and confirm authentics
  • Sediment
  • Some of the biggest tells from the largest counterfeiters uncovered in recent history including Rodenstock, Kurniawan, Rouhabab, and several others, and what to look for to spot their bottles and pull them out of the market
  • Specific anti-counterfeiting measures employed by various producers and what to look for to authenticate many recent releases
  • Extensive workshopping time with Master Authenticators to work through and learn nuances of counterfeits and of authentic bottles

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.

London

London Presentation and Training May 3rd-5th, 2017 at 67 PallMall

The London Training will take place at 67 PallMall on May 3rd-5th. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday May 3rd: 8:30am – 12pm: Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation 12pm – 1pm: Reception and lunch for those staying for Training 1pm – 5pm: Authentication Training Level I 

Thursday May 4thAttendees must have attended the prior full day. Please note this is a full day session. 9:15am – 12pm: Authentication Training Level II  Part A 12pm – 1pm: Lunch included 1pm – 4:30pm: Authentication Training Level II Part B

Friday May 5thAttendees must have attended the prior full day. Please note this is a full day session. 9:15am – 12pm: Authentication Training Level II  Part A 12pm – 1pm: Lunch included 1pm – 4:30pm: Authentication Training Level II Part B

Please note that Thursday and Friday are the same session offered on two 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.

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.