Wine experts recently gathered in New York City to talk about wine fraud. Eater NY wine editor Levi Dalton was on the scene.
Back in August, a prolific wine collector was given a distinction that no other connoisseur had ever been awarded in US history: he was sentenced to a 10 year prison term for counterfeiting wine. Rudy Kurniawan was ordered to a decade behind bars and to pay fines and restitution totaling over $48 million in connection with his wine dealings. A judge and jury had decided that while justice might be blind, it would not fail to recognize wine fakes and to punish the people who knowingly offered them for sale.