Maureen Downey to host wine authentication workshops in HK

Wine authentication expert Maureen Downey will return to Hong Kong this October to host two workshops for trade professionals and wine collectors, after previously casting a somber warning to the Hong Kong wine trade that fraudsters and forgers in Europe are purposely targeting affluent Asian collectors.

Fake wines showcased at Maureen Downey’s previous workshop

The wine fraud and counterfeiting presentation will be held at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Wanchai on 9 October, followed by authentication training level I and part A & B of level II from 9 to 12 October.

This will be the second time this year that the wine authentication expert has visited Hong Kong to speak on wine fraud. Downey, founder of ChaiConsulting and, hosted a similar workshop in February during which she warned wine merchants and collectors that fake wines are moving into Hong Kong at a pace that is “higher than at the height of what Rudy Kurniawan created”.

The presentation on the morning of 9 October will review the history of wine fraud and discuss the common ways fraudsters use to defraud the trade and consumers.

The authentication training level I on the afternoon of the same day will offer first-step training for anyone who collects, or works with fine and rare wine or is curious about wine authentication, according to the company.

The authentication training Level II, broken down into two parts on 10 and 12 October, gears towards more serious wine collectors or professionals who authenticate wines as part of their jobs. The intensive workshop will expand on the subjects covered in level I, and spend more time using trade tools for hands-on comparison of known counterfeits against authentic bottles, according to her website

In addition, the workshop will teach attendees to analyse current anti-fraud efforts and what to look for in assessing “the most highly counterfeited wines in the last two decades”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please note that comments are subject to our posting guidelines in accordance with the Defamation Act 2013. Posts containing swear words, discrimination, offensive language and libellous or defamatory comments will not be approved.

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Manager

James Eadie Ltd
London, UK

Wine Ambassador Role

Ramón Bilbao UK
London, UK

Fine Wine Logistics Coordinator

IG Wines
London, UK

Sales Manager

Top Selection
London, UK

Assistant Retail Manager

The Whisky Exchange
London, UK

Marketing Manager

Ellis Wines
Hanworth, Middx, GB

Commercial Analyst

ATOM Group
Tunbridge Wells, UK

Customer Service Executive

Marussia Beverages
Marylebone, London, UK

HR Administrator

Amathus Drinks PLC
London, UK

Trade Marketing Manager

Australian Vintage Limited
Croydon, UK

The World Bulk Wine Exhibition

20th Nov 2017

The Drinks Business Green Awards 2017

London,United Kingdom
20th Nov 2017

The Global Spirits Masters Lunch

London,United Kingdom
1st Dec 2017
Click to view more

Champagne Masters 2017

The only Champagne blind tasting in the UK, the competition will reward the best wines in the following categories:

The Global Rosé Masters 2017

With wines from the palest of pink to almost ruby red, bone dry to almost cloyingly sweet, reductively handled to barrel-aged, as well as gently spritzy to fully sparkling.

Click to view more