Almost all of convicted dealer's wine are fake, says expert
NEW YORK (AFP) - Almost all the wines found in the home of renowned dealer Rudy Kurniawan were fakes passed off as expensive rare vintages, an expert witness told his New York fraud trial on Monday.
The 37-year-old Kurniawan, once considered one of the top-five wine collectors in the exclusive world of fine vintage wine, faces up to 40 years in jail if convicted of wire and postal fraud.
It is unclear how many bottles of fake blended wine the Indonesian-born dealer allegedly put on the market during his 10-year career until his arrest in California in 2012.
But Mr Michael Egan, a wine expert who worked more than 20 years for auction house Sotheby's in London, was clear about one thing.