Damaged Wines to Hit the Market

March 08, 2018

It always pays to ask questions about the provenance of any wines you buy.

Hundreds of bottles of wine damaged in fires and hurricanes will be sold to unsuspecting consumers this year, according to one of the world’s leading wine fraud experts.

Maureen Downey, founder of Chai Consulting, is a familiar name in stories about counterfeit wine. She has played a role in several prosecutions of wine counterfeiters, notably Rudy Kurniawan. However, at a full-day seminar she held last week in San Francisco, she opened by pointing out that wine fraud has many aspects, and selling flood- or fire-damaged wine is one.

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