Wine fraud – a self-defence class

Fake Musigny bottle

Counterfeit wine is a reality; here's how to protect yourself from being duped. Pictured above is one of seven bottles of de Vogüé Musigny Blanc 1962 withdrawn from Spectrum Wine Auctions’ debut London auction in February 2012 after questions were asked about their provenance and authenticity.

Earlier this year Sebastian Balcombe, quality and authentication specialist at Berry Bros & Rudd, held a masterclass at 67 Pall Mall in London on how to spot a fake bottle of wine.

Balcombe started with a brief history of wine fraud starting from Roman times, which is covered in detail, and amusingly so, by Rebecca...