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2017

 

Screen Shot 2017-03-14 at 9.56.16 AM copy Mar 10, 2017 | World of Fine Wine
Anne Krebiehl covers the London Trainings and Maureen Downey
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Maureen Downey’s Hong Kong Authentication seminar and takeaways.
Fraud Magazine Logo March 2017 | Fraud Magazine
An overview of some of the most high profile wine fraud cases.
Forbes Logo Feb 17, 2017 | Forbes Asia
A summary of the Training in Hong Kong by Jeannie Cho Lee
Maureen Downey on auction houses and caveat emptor vis-à-vis fake wineFeb 14, 2017 | The Drinks Business
An overview of the Training in Hong Kong, and wine fraud.
Forbes Logo Jan 22, 2017 | Forbes Asia
How to avoid buying fake wine and our Trainings in Hong Kong.
The Times LogoJan 22, 2017 | The Times
London Wine Fraud Training recap, and a Sour Grapes review.

 2016

 

The Australian Dec 29, 2016 | The Australian
The Chai Wine Vault launched powered by Everledger and Maureen Downey
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The Chai Wine Vault launch by Maureen Downey and Everledger.
The real tragedy caused by wine fraudster Kurniawan per Maureen DowneyDec 26, 2016 | Decanter
Wine Fraud, The Chai Wine Vault, and what to look for in counterfeit wines.
Maureen Downey on auction houses and caveat emptor vis-à-vis fake wine Dec 7, 2016 | Drinks Business
How much counterfeit wine is in the world, and where it is sold.
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The Chai Wine Vault launches on the blockchain to protect wine authenticity.
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Everledger and Maureen Downey have launched the Chai Wine Vault for authentic wine.
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Maureen Downey and Everledger launch the blockchain solution Chai Wine Vault.
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The Chai Wine Vault launched to protect provenance and authenticity of wine.
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Maureen Downey and Everledger launched the Chai Wine Vault.
Maureen Downey on auction houses and caveat emptor vis-à-vis fake wine Nov 18, 2016 | The Drinks Business
Maureen Downey launched the Chai Wine Vault for authentic wines.
The real tragedy caused by wine fraudster Kurniawan per Maureen Downey Dec 9, 2016 | Decanter
How to spot fake wines in ten steps with Maureen Downey.
The real tragedy caused by wine fraudster Kurniawan per Maureen Downey Nov 25, 2016 | Decanter
Maureen Downey talks about the Chai Wine Vault and what that means for fine wine.
Maureen Downey on auction houses and caveat emptor vis-à-vis fake wine Dec 8, 2016 | The Drinks Business
$550Million in Rudy Kurniawan fakes are circulating, and how this happened.
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The Chai Wine Vault, what it is, and how it works with Maureen Downey.
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Maureen Downey opens up some of her counterfeit and authentic wines and talks about Rudy Kurniawan.
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Maureen Downey attends the Calgary screening of Sour Grapes and joins the radio show to discuss Rudy Kurniawan.
Wine Searcher Logo July 2, 2016 | Wine-Searcher
Maureen Downey shares her feels about new synthetic wines designed to taste like fine wines, but cost a fraction of the price.
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May 30, 2016 | Good Food Revolution
Kim Gertler interviews Maureen Downey about the Sour Grapes film, and Rudy Kurniawan
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February 11, 2016 | Wine-Searcher
Don Cornwell and Maureen Downey discuss Dragon 8 Auction House and whether the wines were authentic or counterfeit.
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January 3, 2016 | Newsweek
Maureen Downey and WineFraud.com contributor, Francis Dinklespiel, author of Tangled Vines, cover recent wine frauds over the last few years in America.
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Jan 2, 2016 | America’s Test Kitchen
America’s Test Kitchen interviews Maureen Downey about the secrets to counterfeiting wine bottles, and what to look for.

2015

 

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Dec 3, 2015 | Süddeutsche Zeitung
Susanne Schneider interviews Maureen Downey about Rudy Kurniawan, wine counterfeiting, and WineFraud.com.
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Nov 30, 2015 | The Wine Write
An interview betweeen Randy Smith and Maureen Downey about Wine Fraud, Chai Consulting, and everything in between.
 cnn logoNovember 13, 2015 | CNN
CNN discovers how the demand for fine wine, and a lack of knowledge about wine creates a huge opportunity for counterfeit wines, featuring Maureen Downey.
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The Authenticator: Wine Spectator names Maureen Downey as “The Authenticator” in it’s November 2015 Magazine.
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October 6, 2015 | Filthy Rich Guide
Maureen Downey covers not all expensive wines are authentic and the three main ways to tell if a bottle of wine is fake or real. Maureen begins at 12:12.
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August 22, 2014 | WineChina.com
The top 16 counterfeited wine producers and how only certain vintages are targeted.
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The top 16 counterfeited wine producers and how only certain vintages are targeted.
French Laundry Stolen Wine Theft FBI Wine Expert Maureen Downey
May 22, 2015 | Bloomberg Business
Multimedia article “A Pinot Noir” by Claire Suddath discusses the FBI investigations that request Maureen Downey’s advice, including the French Laundry wine heist. Maureen discusses the theory of the wine being stolen to order.
how to tell if your expensive wine is fake or stolen video Maureen Downey
May 21, 2015 | Bloomberg Business
The Sherlock Holmes of Wine, top wine fraud investigator Maureen Downey discusses identifying counterfeit and stolen wine. Downey explains how to tell if your expensive wine is fake and the CHAI Method.
Tutorial in counterfeit wine to help you avoid fakes
February 11, 2015 | Bloomberg News
First she helped the FBI bring Kurniawan down, now Maureen Downey will help the wine world battle fraud with the first-of-its-kind tool against counterfeit wine. Elin McCoy explains how wine collectors, restaurants, producers, and vendors will benefit inNew Wine Fraud Website Will Help You Avoid Fake Bottles.”

2014

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July 8, 2014 | Taste China
Jancis Robinson interviews Maureen Downey about how she became the master authenticator.

How to Spot a Fake Wine with Wine Fraud Expert Maureen Downey
August 7, 2014 | MarketWatch
Expert tips from Maureen Downey on avoiding wine fraud, including checking the label, cork, size, age, source, and cost in “You may be drinking fake wine” by Priya Anand.
Robb Report on Counterfeit Wine Featuring Maureen Downey
December 8, 2014 | Robb Report
Dan Fredman, examines how much of the evidence against wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurnaiwan came from Maureen Downey, proprietor of Chai Consulting, a cellar management firm in San Francisco with particular expertise in fraudulent bottles. in “Expert Eye December 2014″
 Maureen Downey on auction houses and caveat emptor vis-à-vis fake wine
September 16, 2014 | Drinks Business
In the wake of Rudy Kurniawan’s sentencing, Tom Bruce Gardyne gets Maureen Downey’s take on the fake wine world, including refilled bottles and caveat emptor in “A Word About Fakes.”
Wine Fraud Prevention w/ Maureen Downey
August 20, 2014 | Details Magazine
“The Sherlock Holmes of Wine” Maureen Downey counsels fine wine buyers how to be sure you’re drinking the real thing with Anthony Giglio in “Fraud Prevention 101: What to Know Before You Spend $100K on Wine.”
The real tragedy caused by wine fraudster Kurniawan per Maureen Downey
August 8, 2014 | Decanter Magazine
The real tragedy in the world of fine and rare wines per Maureen Downey in Chris Mercer’s “Wine Fraudster Rudy Kurniawan Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison.”
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August 25, 2014 | SFWeekly SFoodie
Maureen Downey documents losses of Napa’s wine producers in Anna Roth’s “Damage From Napa Quake Could Top $1 Billion” after she warned wineries and collectors to install earthquake protection in 2012.
 Maureen Downey explains why she'll help victims of wine fraud in Asia
August 28, 2014 | The Drinks Business
Fake wine expert Maureen Downey explains who has been most victimized by the crime of wine fraud in Tom Bruce Gardyne’s “The Big Fake Fall Out.”
The wine detective expert on fake vintages
August 17, 2014 | The Independent
Ralph Blackburn identifies Maureen Downey as one of the few people in the world able to tell an expertly faked wine from the real thing in “The Wine Detective: Meet the go-to expert for exposing fake vintages.
The Surprisingly Dangerous World of Wine Fraud with Maureen DowneySeptember 5, 2014 | Groupon
Wine expert Maureen Downey shares tales of being body-slammed and threatened for shining light on wine fraud in Charles Austin’s “The Surprisingly Dangerous World of Wine Fraud.
Jancis Robinson Purple Pages Features Maureen Downey as Wine Fraud ActivistJuly 5, 2014 | JancisRobinson.com
In “Downey – Routing the Fakers,” Jancis Robinson (OBE, MW) features Maureen Downey and her efforts, trials, and tribulations in exposing wine fraudsters and helping wine lovers and victims of wine fraud.
Financial Times Wine Anti-Counterfeit Activist Maureen Downey
July 4, 2014 | Financial Times
Maureen Downey’s anti-counterfeit tools and wine fraud activism are not only yielding threats of bodily harm in Jancis Robinson’s “A Nose for Crime: Counterfeit Wines.”
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ABC News investigates the multi-million dollar counterfeit industry with Maureen Downey in “What’s Really Being Poured Into Your Wine Glass?
Maureen Downey reveals list of wine fraud criminals
February 14, 2014 | The Drinks Business
Lucy Shaw asks Maureen Downey fun questions made famous by Marcel Proust in “The Proust Q&A”. Topics include Maureen’s wine fraud database, Deer Valley, and sharks.
Maureen Downey on getting refunds for collectors with wine fakes
April 2014 | Decanter Magazine
John Stimpfig meets Maureen Downey, the wine world’s own Sherlock Holmes, who is in demand after a high-profile conviction. She talks about her success rate in getting refunds for collectors with fakes.
Fine and rare wine expert Maureen Downey interview in Wine Enthusiast Magazine
May 15, 2014 | Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Maureen Downey provides a guide to identifying bogus bottles to ensure wine collectors don’t get duped in “Is Your Wine a Fake?” by Andrew Hoover.

2013

CBS Sunday Morning Features Maureen Downey Wine Detective and Bill Koch
December 22, 2013 | CBS Sunday Morning
Five-time James Beard award winner Martha Teichner consults Maureen Downey on identifying fake wine and discusses Bill Koch and Rudy Kurniawan in “Counterfeit wine: A Vintage Crime.”
 Fine wine auction house expert Maureen Downey on France24-French and EnglishDecember 21, 2013 | France 24
France vingt-quatre profiles Laurent Ponsot and Maureen Downey at Rudy Kurniawan’s trial as they speak out about auction house and winemakers’ complicity in “Wine Fraudster’s Conviction ‘Tip of Iceberg’.”
Wine Detective Maureen Downey Examines Rudy Kurniawan's MistakesDecember 19, 2013 | CBS New York
Maureen Downey examines Kurniawan’s mistakes with CBS 2′s Tony Aiello in “Mistakes Doomed Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan.”
authentification vins rares fausses contrefaire experte Maureen DowneyDecember 15, 2013 | Vanity Fair France
Maureen Downey answers questions about Kurniawan’s fakes and how his trial will affect the fine and rare wine market in ”Les acheteurs ont perdu confiance dans les vieilles bouteilles” by Karim Lebhour.
AP on Yahoo News Features Maureen Downey
December 8, 2013 | AP on Yahoo News
Maureen discusses how the wine industry is fighting wine counterfeiting with Sarah DiLorenzo in “As Wine Fakers Get Sharper, Industry Fights Back.”
Maureen Downey featured on Wine Spectator
November 21, 2013 | Wine Spectator
Robert Taylor gets Maureen Downey’s take on how much fake wine has hit the global wine market and buying wine in Asia in his article “Who Are They Fooling? (A Lot of Folks).”
Maureen Downey on how Kurniawan impacted the wine market
May 10, 2013 | Decanter Magazine
Mike Steinberger cites Maureen Downey’s experience with a major collector who owns fakes made by Rudy Kurniawan and praises his aptitude in “Counterfeit Wines: Scandal of the Century.”
Maureen Downey Wine Detective Featured in Centurion
April 14, 2013 | Centurion Magazine
Maureen Downey’s “Oenological Expertise” featured in two-part story. In Part I, Michael Cavanagh covers Downey’s wine detective methods; in his second installment, advice on avoiding fine wine forgeries.
Maureen Downey as Expert for Bill Koch Counterfeit Wine LawsuitMarch 24, 2013 | The Guardian
Matt Williams interviews Maureen Downey as a rare-wine expert to give evidence for Koch’s lawsuit in “Wine Fraud Lawsuit is Test of Bottle for Billionaire Bill Koch” highlighting widespread counterfeiting in the world of fine and rare wines.
Bostonia Features the expert on wine cons Maureen Downey Fall 2013 | Bostonia
Maureen Downey tells Patrick Kennedy how to spot a fake wine. Entertaining interactive feature by Jon P. Brousseau helps you learn how Downey distinguishes truly fine wines from imposters.
 Investing in and Collecting WineNovember 2013 | Talk Radio Europe
Spain’s PanchoCampo interviews wine detective Maureen Downey on identifying counterfeit wine and investing in wine.

 

2012

 

Investigator Maureen Downey Pours Over Fake Wines
December 17, 2012 | KCBS
Mike Sugerman interviews San Francisco-based wine investigator Maureen Downey on “About the Bay.” Read/listen to Mike Sugarman’s story here.
Maureen Downey Powerful Woman in Wine
December 6, 2012 | The Drinks Business
Maureen Downey named in “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Wine.”
Phony Wine on US Market and the Madoff of Merlot with Maureen Downey
November 14, 2012 | Inside Edition Maureen Downey featured in Lisa Guerrero’s report on counterfeit wine.
Expert Maureen Downey warns collectors of counterfeit wineNovember 9, 2012 | United Press Int’l
Maureen Downey featured in “Collectors Warned of Counterfeit Wine.”
Financial Times Wine Anti-Counterfeit Activist Maureen Downey
November 8, 2012 | Financial Times
Maureen Downey featured in article “Keeping cool and collected until the time comes to drink.” Read John Stimpfig article here (subscription required)
Wine Detective Maureen Downey Reveals Forged BottlesAugust 29, 2012 | SF Weekly
Cover feature in “The Wine Detective: Maureen Downey Reveals Forged Bottles.”
CNBC Crime Inc Counterfeit Wine Maureen DowneyAugust 16th, 2012 | Crime Inc – CNBC presents “Crime Inc.: Counterfeit Goods,” reported by CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla who takes viewers inside where the goods are produced and confiscated in a world of high-risk and high-reward.
See video here
Aging and Storing Fine WineJuly 29, 2012 | Norcal Wine
Maureen Downey gives tips for better storing and aging of wine to Fred Swan.
Wine Sleuth Maureen Downey Sniffs Out FakesJuly 1, 2012 | Bloomberg & SFGate
Maureen Downey’s investigative techniques featured in Elin McCoy’s “Phonies Make Wine Sleuth See Red.”
Faking Bordeaux Wine w/ Sleuth Maureen Downey
June 12, 2012 | BU Today
Maureen Downey featured as wine sleuth in “Ferreting Out Faux Bordeaux“ by Patrick Kennedy.
Counterfeit Wine Activist Maureen DowneyMarch 3, 2012 | Financial Times
Maureen Downey on FBI investigations into wine fraud and warning signs in “Cellar Beware” by Jancis Robinson. A shorter version of this article is published on JancisRobinson.com as “Fighting Fakes.”
Jancis Robinson Purple Pages Features Maureen Downey as Wine Fraud Activist
March 9, 2012 | JancisRobinson.com
Maureen Downey’s efforts in fighting fraud in the fine wine business are lauded in Jancis Robinson’s “FBI Arrest Rudy Kurniawan.”

February 17, 2012 – Maureen Downey featured in Wall Street Journal article “How to be sure the wine matches the label”

2007-2011

December 9, 2011 -  Auction Tips on Jancis Robinson.com & Financial Times

June 30, 2010 – Allen Meadows, the Burghound, on Maureen Downey of Chai Consulting

December 15, 2009 – Maureen Downey featured in Wine Spectator article “Sniffing Out a Fake”

July 18, 2009 – Maureen Downey on JancisRobinson.com & Financial Times “Burgundy’s Sherlock Holmes”

March 17, 2007 – Maureen Downey on JancisRobinson.com & Financial Times “Flushing Out Wine Fraud and Fakes”