How Wine Fraud Is Destroying the Rare Wine Business

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.

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