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Wine Spectator: Accused Wine Counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan Fighting Feds’ Case

September 13, 2012

Accused wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan, currently being held without bail at a Brooklyn federal detention facility, is working to have evidence of a laboratory for fake wines in his home excluded from his trial. Wine Spectator has learned that Kurniawan’s lawyers will contest the legality of FBI agents’ search of his home after his arrest in a Los Angeles suburb last March.

In that search, according to a grand jury indictment, agents found an elaborate home laboratory for wine counterfeiting, including thousands of fake labels for wines with vintages as far back as 1899, labels for all the first-growths of Bordeaux as well as highly sought-after Burgundies such as Domaine Ponsot and Domaine G. Roumier.


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