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True crime pairs well with fine wine in this astonishing story of a con man who rides his gift for tasting wine to the highest reaches of society—and then comes crashing down.

Full Synopsis
Few gain entry to the privileged world of ultrafine wines, where billionaires flock to exclusive auction houses to vie for the scarce surviving bottles from truly legendary years. But Rudy Kurniawan, an unknown twentysomething from Indonesia, was blessed with two gifts that opened doors: a virtuoso palate for wine tasting, and access to a seemingly limitless (if mysterious) supply of the world's most coveted wines.

After bursting onto the scene in 2002, Kurniawan quickly became the leading purveyor of rare wines to the American elite. But in April 2008, his lots of Domaine Ponsot Clos Saint-Denis red burgundy—dating as far back as 1945—were abruptly pulled from auction. The problem? The winemaker was certain that this particular burgundy was first produced only in 1982.

Journalist Peter Hellman was there, and he would closely investigate as a singular cast of characters—including a Kansas-born billionaire, a wine-loving young prosecutor, and a crusty FBI agent—worked to unravel the biggest con in wine history. Whether driven by the love of wine or of justice, all were asking the same question: Was the mild-mannered Kurniawan himself a dupe? Or had one young man—with little experience and few connections—ensnared the world’s top winemakers, sellers, and drinkers in a web of deceit?

“Heady, intoxicating . . . shines a light on the esoteric and intriguing world of ultrarare, ultrafine wines.” ---Foreword Starred Review

“[An] absorbing account of true crime in high society.” ---Publishers Weekly

"Constant is spot-on in tone, pacing, warmth, enthusiasm, and remarkably perfect French pronunciation." ---AudioFile

In Vino Duplicitas

The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire

Author Peter Hellman

Narrated by Charles Constant

Publication date Aug 15, 2017

Running time 8 hrs 28 min

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