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

By: Peter Hellman

Publisher: The Experiment

Imprint: The Experiment

Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781615193929

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On Sale: | Pages: 272

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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 drinks in a web of deceit?
In the early pages of “In Vino Duplicitas,” an engrossing account of wine fraud and forgery, Peter Hellman offers a primer for anyone who has dashed into a shop looking for a last-minute bottle to present at a dinner party.... No particular wine expertise is required to savor “In Vino Duplicitas.” Mr. Hellman clearly knows his stuff but spares readers the tedious jargon of the dinner-party wine snob.
—Wall Street Journal
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