Posted Dec 21, 2007 04:51 pm CST
The FBI in Chicago is hot on the trail of those producing and allegedly selling counterfeit wine, some of which has sold to collectors for more than $100,000 per bottle.
The Chicago Tribune reports the wine is being sold primarily at auctions. Investigators have expanded their probe nationally, focusing in part on a 1921 Bordeaux from France’s Chateau Petrus vineyard that can attract a $75,000 price.
During the last 18 months, well-known wine collectors have been suing dealers and auction houses, complaining that they are peddling fakes, the Tribune notes.
One of the suits involves allegations that wine that sold for $100,000 per bottle—supposedly rescued from Thomas Jefferson’s stocks in 1780s Paris—was fake.