Forensics and Wine

wine-winery-burgundy-rioja-48848.jpegForensics and wine – not something I’ve previously thought about but apparently wine fraud is prevalent and costly.  Lettie Teague’s first of two reports on wine fraud What It Takes to Out-Sleuth Wine Fraud is fascinating.  According to the article, wine fraudsters use a mix of tools to deceive buyers into thinking a wine is highly prized.  The tools are not sophisticated but include “counterfeit labels, blank corks and empty bottles to be filled.”  Like all fraud, wine fraud isn’t a victimless crime, adversely affecting winery owners’ reputations and hard work costing the industry millions of dollars a year.

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