Presentations & Authentication Training
Upcoming Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation and Authentication Training Level I & II
2018 San Francisco (February/March)
2019 Hong Kong (February)
2020 London (April/May)
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 & March 1st, 9:30AM to 5PM
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.
NEW!!! Collector Seminar and Bottle Authentication Workshop: February 28th, 4PM to 6PM and 6:30PM to 8:30PM
A recent Knight-Frank Index named fine wine as the top-performing luxury collectible. As values rise, so does the risk of fraud. We have tailored this new, condenseed session specifically to the needs of those who buy and enjoy, but do not necessarily work with, fine and rare wine. A brief seminar will highlight the key issues faced by serious collectors in the current marketplace. We invite attendees to each bring a bottle of concern from their own cellars for verbal assessment* by our expert authenticators. Champagne and canapés will be served. Attendees receive their own set of authentication tools to keep for future sleuthing. Pricing and registration availability to be announced soon.*Verbal assessments may not be used for the purpose of seeking recourse, nor may they be used for the purpose of resale. For any bottles questionable at this event, we will offer the opportunity for a discounted formal inpection and report.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Francisco Presentation and Training February 26-March 1 2018
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.
Wednesday, February 28: 4:00pm- 6pm and 6:30-8:30pm: NEW! Collector Seminar and Bottle Authentication Clinic, pricing and registration availability to be announced soon.
Thursday, March 1: 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 email@example.com.
Note that Tuesday and Thursday are the same session offered on two separate days to accommodate demand. 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.