The True Cost of Counterfeit Wine in F&B Outlets

By: Etienne Paumier

In July 2018, the Spanish Guardia Civil arrested­­ Alex Estevez of the famous Don Alex restaurant in Querceda as well as 4 other persons accused of producing counterfeit bottles of Vega Sicilia and Pingus before selling them in the restaurant or via online platforms (total benefits estimated…

NEW ON WINEFRAUD.COM: December 20, 2018


The final update of the year is jam packed with content! We have four news stories from around the world that are as different as can be and show the gamut wine fraud can encompass. Two of our TCM Authenticator Trainees have blogs about the program. And finally thousands of…

Reiwern Blog

By: Reiwern Foo

The Case for an Authenticator

The journey to become a full-fledged TCM Authenticator has been beguiling so far, where one’s declaration of this endeavour is often met with reaction that run the gamut from captivated interest, genuine perplexity to absolute scepticism.

The one common question that follows…

Seth Box Blog

By Seth Box

Earlier in the summer, I was fortunate to receive an invitation to address a group of affluent private banking clients in Aspen.  I was discussing wines from different regions around the world, while my counterpart from the bank covered the salient investment topics from the same areas. …

NEW ON WINEFRAUD.COM: November 8, 2018


The first update of November includes hundreds of new images of counterfeit and authentic DRC wines, the bottles, capsules, labels, and ink and print. PRODUCER INFORMATION DRC: New vintages and examples of authentic and counterfeit bottles and ink & print. NEW THIS WEEK: November 8, 2018…