JUST WINE TALK: HIGH TECH MEANS USED TO HEAD OFF COUNTERFEITERS & COLGIN CELLARS

Monday, 6/10, Little Rock, AR
I don't know why but articles about wine and counterfeiting always grab my interest. An article by Michelle Locke of the AP ran in our local paper today about that very subject. Ann Colgin, of Colgin Cellars, was referenced as having recently inked a deal with Eastman Kodak to employ invisible markers on her product. Her wines sell for hundreds of dollars a bottle at auction, which explains why I haven't heard of, nor tried, their wines. Some of the other high-tech, anti-fraud measures discussed in the article included employing tamper proof seals, radio frequency identification (RFID) chips sunk into corks and the use of special ink that only shows up under special lighting. The Kodak technology used by Colgin and three other high-end, Napa wineries, involves putting proprietary markers into things such as inks, varnishes and paper that can only be detected by Kodak handheld readers. Jerome Zech, CEO of WineBid.com , which had $22.5 million in sales last year, doesn't think wine fraud is prevalent. He does say that with some high-end wines starting at $500 a bottle for pre-release prices, he's all for the move toward anti-counterfeiting measures. If anyone out there has tried Colgin Cellars, or any $500+ bottles of wine, please e-mail or post a comment and let me know how it was and if it was worth it. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

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