In the late 1970s, owners of mom-and-pop shops in Chicago were calling the Chicago Sun-Times with complaints about city officials demanding payoffs for business licences. None of the callers wanted to go on the record, though, for fear of retribution. To get to the bottom of the story, the reporters needed proof. They needed to […]
In 2012, Americans were surprised to see the first legalization of recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington. In the years that followed, a handful of states followed suit, including Alaska and Oregon, in 2014. And on Nov. 8, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all voted in favor of legalized use, sale, and consumption of […]
The wine, a blend of Vermentino and Ansonica, two native Mediterranean grapes, was a beautiful golden straw in color. There were subtle aromas of crisp apple, acacia and honeysuckle, with hints of pineapple on the nose. The palate had a slight weight to it with well-integrated acidity balanced by clean salinity. There was a kiss […]
The following is an excerpt from Frances Dinkelspiel’s Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California. One of the largest cases of wine fraud in the United States happened in 1987, and Steven Lapham, who would prosecute Mark Anderson twenty years later, was the assistant U.S. attorney spearheading the case.
For as long as certain wines have been heralded as better or more desirable than others, and therefore collectible, counterfeiting has always been a problem. Just like with art and fashion, people will go to great lengths in order to present a believable copy of something for which people are willing to pay dearly. And […]