Tales from the Vault – Taïwan

It’s usually when you least expect it that it hits you. I don’t know why i wasn’t expecting much from Taïwan, probably because the week before we were in Hong-Kong and it was pretty intense. I mean picture me: first time in Asia, i’m in the middle of Mong Kok…

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…

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. …

Appreciating and Protecting the US Fine Wine Market

By: Jason Adams

Using the internet, the US has built the best secondary wine market in the world. I say this because we have created a treasure trove for collectors despite having unique laws in each state. Not long ago, if you wanted back vintages…

Tackling Fraudulent and Counterfeit Wines

Are your wines what you believe them to be?

Have you got the wine you paid for?

Wine Fraud and Counterfeit wines As rare and icon wines have become an increasingly valuable commodity, and highly sought after by collectors and investors worldwide, so has the greed…