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Prolific Wine Counterfeiter to Be Subject of a Documentary

Evidence from Rudy Kurniawan's trial.
Evidence from Rudy Kurniawan's trial.
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The trial of Rudy Kurniawan, the man convicted of perpetuating "the biggest wine hoax in history" in selling over a million dollars worth of fake bottles, will be the subject of a feature length documentary. Decanter reports that Sour Grapes is already in production and is aiming to finishing filming by the end of this year. It will be directed by Jerry Rothwell.

According to the distributor's website, the film will "unfol[d] as a heist thriller" that "opens the curtain on the secretive and highly profitable world of vintage wine trade, and charts the first ever wine fraud that has ended up in the court of law." To that end, celebrated French wine maker Laurent Ponsotwho testified against Kurniawan — has opened his Domaine Ponsot winery for filming. The documentary will juxtapose the quiet vinyards of Burgundy and the "super fast, super rich world of New York and Los Angeles during the finance boom of the early 2000s." No release date has been announced yet, so stay tuned.

· Rudy Kurniawan Film Goes Into Production [Decanter via Dr. Vino]
· New Documentary Announced - Sour Grapes [Dogwoof]
· All Rudy Kurniawan Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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