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Wine made of smoke and mirrors

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 7:21 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Dec 17, 2013 7:21 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: vintage wine, aficionados, counterfeit bottles, Rudy Kurniawan, wealth collectors

NEW YORK- A man is on trial for selling more than a million dollars worth of fake vintage wines and a prosecutor called the key ingredients "smoke and mirrors."

Rudy Kurniawan is accused of tricking wealthy wine collectors into thinking he had access to the world's rarest bottles.

The prosecutor says Kurniawan put on a "magic show" from 2004 to 2012 by brewing up the bogus wine in his kitchen in Arcadia, California. Kurniawan's lawyer says his client is a scapegoat and that's why he pleaded not guilty.

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