The “Sour Grapes” Wine Fraud Has Been Deported! The Update On Rudy Kurniawan And His $$$ Con Job!

A “Sour Grapes” Update!

I shared the story of a terrific documentary that told the story of a con man who bilked wine collectors out of millions in fake wine…his name was Rudy Kurniawan and now there is an update!

This news just in, reported by AP and others:

A one-time California man who bilked wine collectors out of millions by selling cheaper booze he rebottled in his kitchen has been deported to his native Indonesia, U.S. immigration officials said Tuesday.

Rudy Kurniawan, 44, was deported last week on a commercial flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to Jakarta, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

“He is a public safety threat because of his aggravated felony conviction,” the statement said.

Here’s the back story as reported today:

“Kurniawan came to the United States on a student visa in the 1990s. He unsuccessfully sought political asylum and was ordered to voluntarily leave the country in 2003 but stayed on illegally, authorities said.

Kurniawan, whose family gained wealth operating a beer distributorship in Indonesia, was convicted of mail and wire fraud in 2013 in a New York federal court and spent seven years in prison. He was deported after being released from prison into immigration custody last November.

The story goes on to report:

“In a public black eye for the wine industry, prosecutors at Kurniawan’s New York trial said he made millions of dollars from 2004 to 2012 by putting less-expensive Napa and Burgundy wines into counterfeit bottles at his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Arcadia.”

Kurniawan may have sold as many as 12,000 bottles of counterfeit wine, many of which may still remain in collections.

At his sentencing, Kurniawan was ordered to pay $28.4 million in restitution to seven victims and to forfeit $20 million in property.

The scheme was recounted in the 2016 Netflix documentary, “Sour Grapes,” a terrific film that dives deep into the story and is a must see!

Here is a look at the film and the trailer as well – riveting stuff:

Now, back to the real stuff:

This documentary showcases the excess in collecting wine, but it’s worth collecting at any price! You see, wine has incredible health benefits, and you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to find great bottles…here are some of my favorite reasons to drink wine:

Let me know what you think of this story!

If you enjoy these posts, why not subscribe and never miss out? It’s easy, and there are NO ads of any kind, just stuff I like…click on the main page and “follow” me on the upper right…

Thanks so much for reading and if you like this story, share on social media!

Categories: Art, Books / Media, Cult Movies, documentary films, Great Films, Movies, Pop Culture, wine

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

11 replies

  1. Never understood rich people’s fascination with wine. I’m a wine drinker (I prefer wine to beer or hard liquor), but really, the money wealthy people spend on supposedly superior wine is absurd.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Agree. We collect wine, but balk at the crazy prices some wineries think they deserve…there are great wins at all price points if you do a bit of research! Thanks for commenting, always great to hear from you!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Wow, this is so interesting! I will have to watch the film to learn more, but my first instinct was to be impressed by his creativity.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. How sad that the wine lovers fell for his offering.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Wow, what a story, John. It’s incredible he got away with this con for so long.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Part of me feels quite pleased that the pretentious ‘wine snobs’ fell for his con. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Tanooki Homemade Cafe

Yummy Homemade Food Recipes to Make You Smile:)

I'm Sick and So Are You

Observations on life with a rare disease


Exploring sustainable options, minimalism, and gardening.

In Saner Thought

"It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error"..Thomas Paine

Pete Springer

Passionate Teacher and Future Children's Author

Bonjour From Brittany

Celebrating what makes Brittany unique


Follow us as we follow the road


Travel Through Ireland and Europe

Diary of A Movie Maniac

A Personal Journey Through Cinema & Television

Geeking Out about It

BlerdWatching Waaay Too Much TV


Tea, Tours and Escapades

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

Darlene Foster's Blog

dreamer of dreams, teller of tales

You can always start now

exploring possibilities

Realweegiemidget Reviews Films TV Books and more

You can take the girl out of Glasgow. Entertainment Reviews from a Wee Scottish Wife and Stepmum living in Finland.

I didn't have my glasses on....

A trip through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism.

Through the Shattered Lens

Where mainstream meets grindhouse, exploitation, otaku and gamers

Laura's Books and Blogs

Writing tips, giveaways, reviews, essays, and more!

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

Drew's Movie Reviews

Movie reviews from your average dude

But I Smile Anyway...

Musings and memories, words and wisdom... of a working family woman

Travel with Intent

A photographer's view of the world - words and images to inspire your travels and your dreams

Movie Reviews 101

Daily Movie Reviews & ABC Film Challenge

Cindy Bruchman

Photography. Films. History. Books. Let's talk.

Invisibly Me

Live A Visible Life Whatever Your Health


The world's wildest movies from an era of "everything goes!"

Rust Belt Girl

reading and writing the Rust Belt with Rebecca Moon Ruark

Cult Of The Cinema

Exploring Cinematic Diversity

Retired? No one told me!

Tonight I Dream. Tomorrow I Do!


The musings of a Londoner, now living in Norfolk

Cats and Trails and Garden Tales

Musings on cats, travel, gardens and life

Tranquil Dreams

Watching, Reading, Cooking & Travelling

An Historian About Town

History in the Making

Susie Lindau's Wild Ride

Adventures and Misadventures in Boulder, Colorado

It Rains... You Get Wet

Still more lazy thoughts from this one...

By Hook Or By Book

Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff

emmakwall (explains it all)

Film & soundtrack reviews, good humour and lists


Burgers, Books, Music, Movies, Offbeat Adventures & Pop Culture!


Movie reviews and anything else that comes to mind

%d bloggers like this: