One of the Rudy memes making the rounds is the theory that he had authentic bottles alongside all the knockoffs and that he was careful not to serve or sell his counterfeit wines to people who were likely to recognize them as such, in particular Allen Meadows.In response to my last post, in which I questioned why Kurniawan’s attorneys hadn’t sought to put Meadows on the witness stand, several people wrote to me suggesting that Kurniawan had used Meadows as part of a pump-and-dump scheme, serving him legit bottles in order to gin up demand for those wines, demand that Kurniawan then satisfied with his fakes.Some wealthy wine aficionados are comfortable spending millions on supposedly rare vintages.
The heavy glass bottle and cork stopper that we know today are relatively new inventions - only appearing in the 18th century.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (3rd R) is briefed about tanks containing radioactive water by Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant chief Akira Ono (4th L) in front of two tanks (back) which are being dismantled after leaking contaminated water, during his tour to the tsunami-crippled plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan on September 19, 2013.
Abe told Fukushima's operator to fix radioactive water leaks as he toured the crippled nuclear plant on September 19, less than two weeks after assuring the world the situation was under control.
In early April 2008, John Kapon hosted a rollicking dinner in Los Angeles that was attended by, among others, Meadows and Kurniawan, who contributed several bottles to the bacchanal.
The dinner was a presale roadshow for an Acker Merrall auction that was scheduled for later that month in New York. Big Boy, who was also at the dinner and apparently supplied most of the bottles that were opened that night.