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2019

The Wall Street Journal

January 17, 2019 | WSJ
Is the wine you collect as valuable as you think?

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Forbes

February 25, 2019 | Forbes
Fine Wine demand is rising while supply stays the same. This allows for many changes in the wine inudustry

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Distillery Nation

January 22, 2019 | DistilleryNation
Maureen Downey discusses wine and spirits counterfeiting.

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2018

Wine Searcher

March 6, 2018 | Wine-Searcher
Damaged wines from fires and floods come with a great price, but a risk on quality.

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Wine Enthusiast

February 15, 2018 | Wine Enthusiast
Maureen Downey discusses six tips to avoid wine fraud.

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Town and Country

Sept 17, 2018 | Town and Country
Maureen Downey talks about wine authentication and the Chai Vault.

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SF Business Times

April 12, 2018 | SF Business Times
Maureen Downey talks about wine authentication and the Chai Vault.

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SevenFifty Daily

March 2, 2018 | SevenFifty Daily
The Chai Vault and how to store wines on the block chain.

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Forbes

Dec 1, 2018 | Forbes
Maureen Downey talks about counterfeit wines.

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A Greek Distillery

April 2, 2018 | A Greek Distillery
Maureen Downey discusses the Chai Vault, wine fraud, and Rudy Kurniawan.

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2017

World of Fine Wine

Mar 10, 2017 | World of Fine Wine
Anne Krebiehl covers the London Trainings and Maureen Downey

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Wine Spectator

July 16, 2017 | Wine Spectator
After Acker Merrall sold counterfeit Krug, Maureen Downey talks about fakes in the market

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The Times

Jan 22, 2017 | The Times
London Wine Fraud Training recap, and a Sour Grapes review.

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The Times

June 20, 2017 | The Times
Maureen Downey talks about fraudsters buying empty wine bottles of eBay to sell as authentic

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The Drinks Business

Feb 14, 2017 | The Drinks Business
An overview of the Training in Hong Kong, and wine fraud.

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Spectator Life

June 26, 2017 | Spectator Life
Maureen Downey talks about how to spot counterfeits

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South China Morning Post

Mar 2, 2017 | South China Morning Post
Maureen Downey’s Hong Kong Authentication seminar and takeaways.

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Mirror

June 24, 2017 | Mirror
Maureen Downey discusses wine fraud and wine counterfeiting.

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House Keeper

June 21, 2017 | House Keeper
Maureen Downey gives advice for those looking to buy wine at auction

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Fraud Magazine

March 2017 | Fraud Magazine
An overview of some of the most high profile wine fraud cases.

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Forbes Asia

Jan 22, 2017 | Forbes Asia
How to avoid buying fake wine and our Trainings in Hong Kong.

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Forbes Asia

Feb 17, 2017 | Forbes Asia
A summary of the Training in Hong Kong by Jeannie Cho Lee.

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Der Weinverstand Brief

May 30, 2017 | Der Weinverstand Brief
All about counterfeit wines and what to look for. Article

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BBC Radio

June 28, 2017 | BBC Radio
Maureen Downey discusses counterfeit wines and how to decipher them.

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American Greed

August 2, 2017 | American Greed
Maureen Downey and others talk about the Premier Cru wine fraud and John Fox.

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2016

Wine Searcher

Dec 5, 2016 | Wine-Searcher
The Chai Wine Vault, what it is, and how it works with Maureen Downey.

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Wine Searcher

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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Wine Searcher

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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The Drinks Business

Dec 8, 2016 | The Drinks Business
$550Million in Rudy Kurniawan fakes are circulating, and how this happened.

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Newsweek

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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Good Food Revolution

May 30, 2016 | Good Food Revolution
Kim Gertler interviews Maureen Downey about the Sour Grapes film, and Rudy Kurniawan

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Falstaff

Nov 24, 2016 | Falstaff
Maureen Downey opens up some of her counterfeit and authentic wines and talks about Rudy Kurniawan.

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Drinks Business

Dec 7, 2016 | Drinks Business
How much counterfeit wine is in the world, and where it is sold.

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Decanter

Dec 9, 2016 | Decanter
How to spot fake wines in ten steps with Maureen Downey.

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Decanter

Dec 26, 2016 | Decanter
Wine Fraud, The Chai Wine Vault, and what to look for in counterfeit wines.

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Decanter

Nov 25, 2016 | Decanter
Maureen Downey talks about the Chai Wine Vault and what that means for fine wine.

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CBS Calgary

Nov 2, 2016 | CBS Calgary
Maureen Downey attends the Calgary screening of Sour Grapes and joins the radio show to discuss Rudy Kurniawan.

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2015

Wine Spectator

Nov 1, 2015 | Wine Spectator
The Authenticator: Wine Spectator names Maureen Downey as “The Authenticator” in it’s November 2015 Magazine.

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The Wine Write

Nov 30, 2015 | The Wine Write
An interview betweeen Randy Smith and Maureen Downey about Wine Fraud, Chai Consulting, and everything in between.

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Suddeutsche Zeitung

Dec 3, 2015 | Suddeutsche Zeitung
Susanne Schneider interviews Maureen Downey about Rudy Kurniawan, wine counterfeiting, and WineFraud.com.

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Filthy Rich Guide

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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CNN

November 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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Bloomberg News

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.”

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Bloomberg Business

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.

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2014

WineChina.com

August 22, 2014 | WineChina.com
The top 16 counterfeited wine producers and how only certain vintages are targeted.

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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.

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The Drinks Business

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.”

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The Drinks Business

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.

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Taste China

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

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Robb Report

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″

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Market Watch

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.

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JancisRobinson.com

July 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.

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Financial Times

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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Drinks Business

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.”

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Details Magazine

August 20, 2014 | Details Magazine
“The Sherlock Holmes of Wine” Maureen Downey counsels fine wine buyershow 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.”

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Decanter Magazine

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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2013

CBS Sunday Morning

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.”

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Bostonia

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.

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2012

Financial Times

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)

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Financial Times

March 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.”

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Crime Inc

August 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

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2007-2011

Flushing Out Wine Fraud and Fakes

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

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Burgundy’s Sherlock Holmes

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

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Auction Tips on Jancis Robinson.com & Financial Times

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

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