In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire

In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire

by Peter Hellman


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The “engrossing” (Wall Street Journal) story of the biggest con in wine history

In 2002, Rudy Kurniawan, an unknown twentysomething, burst into the privileged world of ultrafine wines. Blessed with a virtuoso palate, and with a seemingly limitless supply of coveted bottles, Kurniawan quickly became the leading purveyor of rare wines to the American elite. But in April 2008, at a New York auction house, dozens of Kurniawan's trophy bottles were abruptly pulled from sale. Journalist Peter Hellman was there, and he began to investigate: Were the bottles fake? Were there others? And was Kurniawan himself a dupe . . . or had he ensnared the world's top winemakers, sellers, and drinkers in a web of deceit?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615194957
Publisher: The Experiment
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 595,121
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Peter Hellman, a New York–based journalist and author for more than 40 years, has been a contributor to Wine Spectator for more than a decade. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, and many others. His books include When Courage Was Stronger than Fear, Chief!, and Fifty Years After Kitty Genovese. He and his wife, Susan, live in New York City.

Table of Contents

Author's Note ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Becoming Dr. Conti 1

Chapter 2 Underside of an Auction 27

Chapter 3 The Man from Morey-Saint-Denis 43

Chapter 4 The Auctioneer 61

Chapter 5 Collapse of the Con 77

Chapter 6 The Sheriff 103

Chapter 7 The Takedown 125

Chapter 8 Before a jury of His Peers 153

Chapter 9 Aftershocks 193

Epilogue 209

Notes 224

Acknowledgments 244

Photo Credits 247

About the Author 248

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