Blog: Lucy BritnerMeasuring up fake wine

Lucy Britner | 27 May 2015

Collecting wine is big business – and so is faking it. So, how do you tell your Chateau Lafite from your Chateau Lacounterfeit?

Elementary my dear reader – you call upon the Sherlock Holmes of the wine world.

In a video for Bloomberg Business, wine fraud investigator Maureen Downey shares a few tips on what to look out for, prefaced by the sad fact that, in the last 15 years, a wine collector will probably have purchased at least one counterfeit wine.

Downey looks for consistency and she also knows a lot about the historical composition of paper and glue. Then there's the length of the cork – counterfeiters get that wrong all the time, apparently.

So next time you're on the acquisition trail, pack your ruler and a magnifying glass...

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