For the first time ever in New York, world-renowned expert in counterfeit wine, Maureen Downey, and her team will hold a one-of-a-kind training course on the intricacies of wine authentication March 21-22, 2019. The course will cover the most common practices of counterfeiters the basics of wine authentication. Participants will learn the risks, the tells and how to stop counterfeits from becoming a part of their collections.
Level I - This is an essential first-step training for anyone who collects, or works with fine and rare wine--or is curious about wine authentication. This training touches on many aspects of the bottle and the major topics of counterfeiting and authentication. We encourage attendees to bring a bottle for authentication workshopping. Attendees receive a take-home authentication toolkit. Lunch is provided.
Level II - This day-long intensive serves serious wine collectors, those who should authenticate wine in the workplace, and those who seek to become professional authenticators. We expand significantly on the subjects covered in Level I and introduce new and more complex subject matter. We share our in-depth insights into how counterfeiters make their bottles—from false aging to sales dupes. We explain how we root out the fakes, the fakers themselves, and their sales channels. We analyze current anti-fraud efforts and teach what to look for in assessing the most highly counterfeited wines of the last two decades—with a particular focus on the current anti-fraud measures employed by the most sought-after producers. We spend much of the day using trade tools for the hands-on comparison of counterfeits (from our extensive collection of fakes) with authentic examples, in addition to workshopping with attendees’ own bottles. We also utilize a number of state-of-the-art magnifying devices from MiScope. Participants gain a more thorough understanding of the authentication process and can start on the path to becoming TCM Certified Authenticators ®. We encourage attendees to bring an additional bottle for two for use in the hands-on workshopping. Level II take-home toolkits build on those handed out in Level I, with even more sophisticated and handy gadgets. Lunch is provided. Level II is strictly limited. Wine Fraud and Counterfeiting Presentation and Level I training attendance are prerequisites for Level II training. Attendee work history and two professional references are required.