Daily Wine News: Bye Bye, Rudy K

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 04-15-2021

Rudy K’s counterfeit wines being destroyed in 2015. (Flickr: U.S. Marshals Service)

Rudy Kurniawan has been deported to Indonesia, reports Mitch Frank in Wine Spectator. “What’s unclear is what the man once known in wine collecting circles as Dr. Conti will do next.”

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley reports on how Wine Country’s insular nature played a role in Dominic Foppoli’s alleged misconduct. “In another industry, a local business known for pool parties might have sounded louder alarm bells. But there are several features of Sonoma County’s wine culture that may have allowed practices like that to endure, said Amy Bess Cook, founder of the Sonoma organization Woman-Owned Wineries… Another factor is that the Sonoma County wine industry can feel like a “bubble,” which can contribute to a culture that implicitly encourages silence…”

Mekita Rivas explores the long and winding path of wine as medicine in Wine Enthusiast. “Wine has been produced for thousands of years, dating back to the Neolithic period. And no matter which part of the globe is in question, the civilizations of the era likely made some curative claims about wine.”

In Grape Collective, Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher explore the new generations bringing excitement and innovation to Valtellina.

In Vinous, Antonio Galloni offers notes on Vino Nobile and Carmignano wines, “Italy’s forgotten noble reds.”

In Eater, Jaya Saxena reports on how the frost across France’s wine regions is devastating the industry.

On JancisRobinson.com, Adam Wells draws attention to perry, or pear cider.

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