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A small moral story on being a wine and food writer for Chef Magazine / Peter Marshall

Writing about wine, food and travel have many fun sides. Almost only fun sides. That is why we do it. But sometimes you encounter adventures that are a little bit less fun. Most people, almost all, that you meet in this “industry” are fantastic persons, kind, exciting and friendly. That is perhaps one of the […]

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The (financial) dangers of being a wine & food journalist / photographer, working for Peter Marshall / Chef Magazine

Working for Peter Marshall, editor in chief and publisher of Chef Magazine UK, and never getting paid This is the story of how we came to work for Peter Marshall and Chef Magazine in the UK and what came out of it. We were commissioned by Peter Marshall to write two articles and to do […]

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The Wine Forger's Handbook

The Wine Forger’s Handbook – the story about fake wines

Wine writer Stuart George and best-selling art crime expert Dr. Noah Charney has recently published “The Wine Forger’s Handbook”. Here is what Stuart says about the book: “Fine wine is a multi-million dollar industry and is fraught with peril. From fake bottles to fraudulent contents, from mislabelled wine to misled consumers, wine has been faked, […]

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Fake wines and forgeries

The wine business is in no way safe from fraud or fakes. You may remember the recent scandal when a wine producer in the south of France sold large quantities of pinot noir wine to an American customer. The problem was that he sold much more than what was made in the appellation… Or the […]

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How to turn water (?) into wine; or how to turn 67 million bottles into 160 million

Perhaps they hoped no one would notice (although it is rather ‘bulky’). It appears that Sieur d’Arques in Limoux in the south of France has sold 160 million bottles of pinot noir to E&J Gallo to go into their very popular brand Red Bicyclette. The problem is that, according to official statistics, there are only […]

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The founder of the Spanish Wine Academy wanted by Interpol

The headline only refers to one of the aspect of this strange story. Pancho Campo founded some years back the Spanish Wine Academy, a training and event organising profit motivated corporation (and not as one might guess from the name an official Spanish body). Campo is also the organiser of the wine hullabaloo Wine Futures […]

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“The world’s smartest way to sell alcohol”

Usually, this is a story that would only appear in the Swedish edition of the BKWine Brief but this is so outrageous so we have to share it with everyone. In a recent issue of one of the biggest daily paper the Swedish monopoly retailer of wine and spirits, Systembolaget, run a two page ad. […]

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Laser detects fraud in old wine bottles

As expensive wines get dearer the problem with wine fraud increases. A team of researchers at the Centre d’études nucléaires de Bordeaux Draguignan (CENBG) has developed a method that will make life more difficult for fraudsters: Using a laser and studying how the light is reflected from the bottle they can identify when the bottle […]

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New counter measures against counterfeit wines

In parallel with exclusive wines becoming more and more expensive counterfeit wine bottles are becoming a more frequent problem. Much fake wine is no doubt never found out but sometimes you hear stories about a fake bottle of Pétrus in a London restaurant, or a counterfeit old Lafite at a dinner in Hong-Kong etc. Two […]

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