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Authentication Training

Presentations & TCM Authentication® Training

67PM LogoLondon 30th November & 2nd December, 2016

Hong Kong 6th-9th February, 2017

Wine Fraud & TCM Authentication® Presentation

Join our Chai Consulting/WineFraud.com teams as we walk participants through an overview of the history of wine fraud beginning in ancient times, to the more recent Rodenstock and Kurniawan counterfeit cases, right up to the frauds we are working to uncover and help prosecute today. You’ll be amazed at the numerous ways that villainous vendors and merchants in the wine industry have discovered to defraud fellow merchants and consumers alike. An overview of the different types of bottle counterfeiting, as well as the authentication techniques we use to find them is presented in an enlightening and engaging presentation.

TCM Authentication® Workshop: Training Level I

Attending the Wine Fraud & TCM Authentication® Presentation is a prerequisite.

The essential first-step training for anyone who collects or works with fine and rare wine, or is curious about wine authentication. The day includes lunch and coffee/tea break in the afternoon.

This Level I training is an overview that touches on all major topics in a more direct, and in-depth way than we can cover in the presentation. It also affords us the ability to select topics, and at times, cover details that we cannot put on WineFraud.com. Topics covered include:

  • An honest discussion about current market issues and areas of concern
  • The three types of fine & rare wine counterfeits
  • Overview of how to authenticate bottles by examining all aspects including:
    • Main & Other Labels: paper, ink, embossing & foiling
    • Print Methods
    • Capsule: materials, conditions and ageing
    • Cork: types, length, & ageing
    • Glue
    • Glass: a counterfeiters weakness
  • The difference between a good and bad counterfeit bottles
  • Why food and packaging laws matter
  • Information: It is telling you a lot more than you realize
  • Natural/Authentic vs apploed ageing, and the techniques we see most often
  • Issues of Consistency, and why it is so important
  • Overview of anti-counterfeiting measures employed by producers and their efficacy
  • Hands-on workshopping to apply learnings with both counterfeit and authentic bottles

Those intending to attend training will have to supply work information including 2 professional references. We reserve the right to refuse attendance and participation.

 

TCM Authentication® Workshop: Training Level II

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Attending the Wine Fraud & TCM Authentication® Presentation and Level I training are prerequisites.

Designed for the serious wine collector or those who do/should/want to authenticate wine as part of their jobs, or who are looking to become Professional Authenticators. The day includes lunch and coffee/tea break in the afternoon.

In Level II Training, we expand on subjects touched on in Level I, introduce new, more complex subject matter and include significant amount of practical time working with counterfeit and authentic bottles. There is a more in-depth focus on the particular parts of the bottle to understand all the things to look at and for in the process of authenticating a bottle so participants can start on the path to becoming Professional Authenticators. Topics and workshopping includes:

  • Overview of the 90+ point systematic inspection points of The Chai Method Authentication®
  • Tools we use in authentication and how we use them
  • In-depth education about all the aspects of a bottle and how counterfeiters most frequently manipulate each one
  • Ink & Print: Why we are obsessed with them
  • False ageing techniques and how to spot them
  • Negociant Bottlings & Special Bottlings: Truths and Myths
  • A walk through the regulations and laws authenticators need to know
  • Information on labels, capsules and glass that expose counterfeits, and confirm authentics
  • Sediment
  • Some of the biggest tells from the largest counterfeiters uncovered in recent history including Rodenstock, Kurniawan, Rouhabab, and several others, and what to look for to spot their bottles and pull them out of the market
  • Specific anti-counterfeiting measures employed by various producers and what to look for to authenticate many recent releases
  • Extensive workshopping time with Master Authenticators to work through and learn nuances of counterfeits and of authentic bottles

Those intending to attend training will have to supply work information including 2 professional references. We reserve the right to refuse attendance and participation.

Training to be a Certified TCM Authenticator®

Becoming a Professional Authenticator, like many trades, takes a considerable amount of time, and training. We are rapidly expanding and will need qualified, trained people who we can license to authenticate bottles and enter them into the TCM Authentic Wine Database® by Everledger. Attending the Wine Fraud & TCM Authentication® Presentation and Levels I and II Training are preferred as foundational training, but are not required. If interested in more information, please inquire.

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