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 




22 May 2017

Wine Lovers Throw Data At Michael McIntyre

Oxbridge Wine Tasting 2017

Michael McInyre Mocks The Wine Routine

We all love him. British Comedian, Michael McIntyre has entertained us for a few years now with his observational comedy. He’s simply brilliant at taking a snapshot of everyday events and turning them into hysterical sketches. And of course, at some point, we must have known it was coming – he finally got around to it and ripped into wine lovers as he parodied the steps that so many of us do when tasting wines (in a restaurant). It was brilliant. Received live and online with rapturous laughter. And yet, it hit a little close to home as well. Why? Not because I’m thin skinned and sensitive. No….but because there’s too many people who already mock the routines to begin with. And sadly he had finally given that a name. – ‘Bullshit Productions’.

I can think of countless dinners with non-wine people in restaurants. The conversation is flowing, everyone is having a good time and at some point early on, after the champagne is all gone, the wine would be served.

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