18 September 2017

Convicted Fraudster Rudy Kurniawan Loses Bid For Freedom (again)

Rudy Kurinawan
Image From: South China Morning Post

Rudy Kurniawan Once Again Fails To Have His Conviction Overturned

In breaking news, convicted fraudster Rudy Kurniawan has lost yet another attempt to have his conviction squashed. For those of you who have never heard the name Rudy Kurniawan, he is an Indonesian born man who moved to the United States. For a while, he had built up a reputation for being one of the world’s foremost authorities in the world of wine, with a particular interest in all wines from Burgundy. This led him to get the nickname Dr Conti.  He was later arrested and convicted to 10 years by a Manhattan Court, for one count of mail fraud (creating & selling counterfeit wines) and one count of wire fraud for defrauding a financing company over a US$3 million loan.

On Monday, Rudy’s lawyers tried to convince U.S. District Judge Richard Berman that his old lawyers failed to do their jobs correctly and should have in fact demanded hearings which could have led to all the evidence found in his house to be suppressed. And when I say evidence found in his house, I mean there were hundreds and hundreds of of fake bottles and labels which the FBI confiscated.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman indicated that even had his then lawyers held the hearings he had wanted, they most likely would’t have made the slightest bit of difference because the authorities involved already had cause to suspect that Rudy Kurinawan was involved in selling fake, rare wines.

Rudy, who was 40 at the time of his arrest in California (March 8, 2012) tried previously to have his conviction overturned. However in 2015 when he last tried, the outcome was much the same as that of yesterday’s.

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Past Stories We’ve Done On Rudy Kurniawan:

Life After Rudy – looking ahead 

The latest news on Rudy Kurniawan – and why it makes the wine industry uncomfortable

Rudy Kurniawan Has Been Arrested 

Back in the news again – I can’t believe it’s not Petrus

Scandals Scandals Everywhere 




8 September 2017

10 Ways to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew

How to Open a Bottle of Wine Without A Corkscrew

How to Open a Bottle of Wine Without a Corkscrew

We’ve all been there. You’re salivating in anticipation of that first sip of wine, but you can’t find your corkscrew. Maybe you lost it, maybe it got thrown away accidentally, maybe your boyfriend broke it and meant to replace it before you noticed, but he wasn’t quick enough. Whatever the reason, you need a fix and you need it quick. Before you snap the top off the bottle, try a few of these ideas.

1. Pull out the Cork with a Hammer, a Screw, and a Screwdriver

Seriously, this works. I feel like this is such a guy’s way of opening a bottle of wine. Maybe you’ll always use this approach and won’t even buy another corkscrew. So, how do you do it ?
Step 1: Take off the protective foil or seal from the top of the bottle so that the cork is exposed.
Step 2: Place a screw in the center of the cork.
Step 3: Use the screwdriver to push the screw about ¾ of the way in.
Step 4. Use the back of the hammer to hook the screw and pull it out. If you don’t have a hammer you can also use a fork.

That’s it! You’re basically a boy scout.


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7 September 2017

The 10 Best Wine Apps of 2017

Wine Apps Reviewed in 2017

Best Wine Apps
10 Best Wine Apps of 2017

“There’s an App for that” has become the catchphrase of the decade and for good reason. There are iPhone and Droid apps for everything from getting food delivered to your house to telling you when it is a good time to pee during a movie so you won’t miss anything too important. Seriously. So why wouldn’t there be an app for the winos of the world? We’ve decided to review the best wine apps of 2017.

Have you ever been in the supermarket and felt overwhelmed by the variety and plethora of options available to you? Gotten frustrated by looking at a wine list at a restaurant? How do you pick? How do you know what’s the best choice? Well, look no further because there are a bunch of FREE apps available to you.

I’ve collected a list of the best wine apps (in no particular order) that you should definitely download. Like, now.


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