Would You Buy Wine From The Biggest Wine Swindler In Recent History?
For us wine enthusiasts, the name Rudy “Dr. Conti” Kurniawan is as unacceptable in the world of wine as merlot with ice. For the uninitiated, Kurniawan was convicted of wine counterfeiting almost 2 years ago, and is now serving his 10-year sentence in California’s Taft Correctional Institute with little more than prison wine to console him. As is usually the case when hustlers deceive customers out of a lot of money, Kurniawan had his assets seized, which are now being disposed of in an attempt to recoup losses suffered by his victims. This includes a whole lot of wine.
This begs the question, of course, of whether you would buy wine from this criminal. And not just any wine, but the very faulty wine he was pushing as authentic and that got him a 10 year prison sentence.
It seems US Marshals are selling off a whole bunch of wine owned by Kurniawan. In fact, 4,711 bottles from Kurniawan’s cellar are available at auction through Gaston and Sheehan online. According to Decanter Magazine 392 bottles in Kurniawan’s collection were found to be counterfeit, and another 192 were deemed unfit for sale.
Did somebody call a wine detective?
In case you’re wondering how exactly the Marshals are able to deem the wine counterfeit, they’re brought in a self-described Wine Detective. According to the wine detective, “While there can be no guarantee with 100% certainty in any situation such as this, to the best of our knowledge, the wines we are selling are genuine.”
There could be several reasons why wine buyers would want wine from the world’s biggest wine fraud. For example, big bargains in the face of wary buyers and the possibility of the wine having special cachet for being from Kurniawan’s cellar. It’s like owning something from the car used by Bonnie & Clyde.
Laurita Winery is proud to only serve you the best and most authentic wines, but we understand you being intrigued by the idea of owning a bottle from Kurniawan’s cellar.