NEWS


Rudy Kurnawian loses bid for freedom

25

Sep 2017

Rudy Kurnawian loses bid for freedom

Rudy Kurnawian, the Indonesian wine fraudster, failed on Monday to persuade a U.S. judge to set aside his 10-year prison term for counterfeiting an estimated $30 million worth of wine. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman rejected for a second time the “strategic decision” argument presented by Kurnawian’s lawyers. In December 2015, a federal appeals court rejected an earlier request. When Kurnawian was arrested on March...

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6000 bottles of fake wine busted in China

04

Sep 2017

6000 bottles of fake wine busted in China

More than 6,000 bottles of counterfeit Chinese wines were busted in Xianyang city in China’s northwestern Shaanxi province, highlighting the problem of fake wines that affects the country’s well-known domestic brands, which still constitute the majority of wine consumption on the mainland. Police in Xiangyang uncovered more than 6,030 bottles of fake wines worth about RMB 300,000 (US$45,180) – including imitations of more than 10...

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Netofa Winery & BrandGuard

23

Aug 2017

Netofa Winery & BrandGuard

The Galilee-based Netofa Winery inaugurated few days ago their new wines in a private loft in Tel Aviv. An excellent reason to celebrate with the press, all the partners and friends the best wines of the winery accompanied with a selection of local chef’s specialties… and the announcement of their partnership with BrandGuard! The wedding grooms were two TEL QASSER wines, white and red, tasty...

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Wine counterfeiting in China

08

Apr 2016

Wine counterfeiting in China

In China, counterfeit high-end wines are a growing beverage industry segment, where fakes are sold to Chinese consumers. Knock-off artists refill empty bottles from famous chateaux with inferior vintages....

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Questions Raised by Hong Kong Wine Auction

08

Apr 2016

Questions Raised by Hong Kong Wine Auction

Allegations of wine fraud continue to plague the auction world. Ten days ago, a new Hong Kong company held its first major auction despite being accused online beforehand of – at the least – deceptive marketing. The November 21 auction in Hong Kong brought in an “underwhelming” US $25 million according to a report in the Financial Times, including $5 million for a “Pablo Picasso...

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A pedestrian carries Gucci-branded shopping bags and a Louis Vuitton SA handbag as she walks along the Rue du Rhone in Geneva, Switzerland, on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Swiss economic growth unexpectedly accelerated in the first quarter, led by consumer demand. Photographer: Valentin Flauraud/Bloomberg

08

Apr 2016

Lessons From China’s Counterfeit Crackdown

Beijing resident Wang Wenwen says she frequently trawled China’s online marketplaces for brand-name bargains, but grew tired of receiving obviously fake merchandise. The breaking point was a blue, floral-patterned dress she got for $32 that was advertised as a product of popular Chinese brand Five Plus....

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Exporting fake medicines

08

Apr 2016

Exporting fake medicines

According to an article by Bloomberg, Viagra is one of the main pills to be made illegally. As China is working to crack down on its counterfeit industries, it has raided more than 115 factories and jailed eight sex-pill makers this month....

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How to Know If Your Expensive Wine Is Fake

08

Apr 2016

How to Know If Your Expensive Wine Is Fake

Maureen Downey has become a top wine fraud investigator, helping to rid the wine industry of counterfeit and stolen wine. Downey met Bloomberg at Wingtip in San Francisco, where she showed us how to tell if that $200,000 bottle in your cellar is a fake. (Video by Jennafer Savino, Amy Marino) (Source: Bloomberg)...

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