In Vino Duplicitas

In Vino Duplicitas

The Rise and Fall of A Wine Forger Extraordinaire

Book - 2017
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Tells the tale of Rudy Kurniawan, an unknown twenty-something from Indonesia, who quickly became the leading purveyor of rare wines to the American elite, but whose empire fell after his lots of Domaine Ponsot Clos Saint-Denis red burgundy--dating as far back as 1945--were discovered to have been first produced only in 1982. Was the mild-mannered Kurniawan himself a dupe? Or had one young man--with little experience and few connections--ensnared the world's top winemakers, sellers, and drinkers in a web of deceit?--Adapted from publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Experiment, [2017]
ISBN: 9781615193929
9781615193936
Branch Call Number: 364.16 HEL 2017
Characteristics: pages cm

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BlueHippo
Sep 21, 2017

Always fun to read these true stories about these vacuous wealthy people who have far more money than brain cells. You know their priorities are different than yours when you read that they would not testify against this man ( or they minimized their losses) so they wouldn't look like fools to their rich friends. The only thing that would have made this book better would have been a cast of characters - I admit I had trouble keeping track of who was who! And a note to one of the other reviewers: these auction houses knew - they just didn't care because they were getting paid LOTS of money for this stuff and they knew their clientele - no one would admit to being duped out of their millions! (And as an aside, I think mom was in on it).

Bunny_Watson716 Sep 08, 2017

You may, as I did, find it hard to feel sorry for people who spend millions of dollars on wine and who get duped, but the story of Rudy Kurniawan and his excellent wine forgery skills makes for an interesting read. What I found particularly interesting were the interactions with major auction houses, who were selling these counterfeit wines, seemingly unaware.

StevenOClark Aug 28, 2017

This is yet another crazy - but true - story. It must be getting harder by the day to be a fiction writer. I had no idea that wine counterfeiting was a thing, but so it seems. I must
admit to a shade of schadenfreude as Peter Hellman spins the incredible tale of Rudy Kurniawan and how he bilks the idle rich for millions of dollars with his phony wines.

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