Sour Grapes – wine fraud movie now on Netflix

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Sour Grapes recently went live on Netflix. Has Netflix recommended it to you yet? If not, you’re clearly not watching the right shows!

After speaking with one of the directors and seeing the trailer, I was ready to fire up the documentary when I saw it was available.

Sour Grapes tells the story of Rudy Kurniawan, the convicted (spoiler alert!) wine counterfeiter. We in the wine world know the story of how he came from nowhere in the early 2000s, ingratiated himself with some of the biggest collectors in the land, poured tens of millions of dollars into fine wine at auction, and then reversed and sold tens of millions of dollars of wine wine, including many fakes passed off as the world’s top wines.

But what is particularly compelling here is a trove of video of Kurniawan in action. Not only does he actually speak as opposed to the many court drawings we have seen of him, they actually have him utter the priceless line–in jest!–“I refill and put the cork back”! This old footage alone is reason for wine enthusiasts to see it. It’s fun to see some cameos for people in the wine world. (Though I still would like to see a movie version of this story told as fiction, with actors.)

It works as a movie too. I had a non-wine friend check out the film and he gave it a thumbs up. The film crew decamps to Burgundy to get some beautiful B roll footage; Laurent Ponsot comes off great in his role as inspecteur.

So put it in your queue, make some popcorn cooked with extra virgin coconut oil, and pop some champagne–just make sure it’s not a fake.

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2 Responses to “Sour Grapes – wine fraud movie now on Netflix”


  1. It is on my list. So fabulous to catch and convict a smarmy, know-it-all wine fraud, and how delicious to expose the frailty of experts in the field, and of course to applaud those who suspected it all along.


  2. I just watched this the other night, and I was dumbfounded. I couldn’t believe that kid could get away with so much! I don’t even understand how he could have gotten the wines to taste the same as the originals. I give it a thumbs up. Fascinating!
    Cheers… The Wine Ho! http://thewineho.net


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