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Doug Barzelay

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Douglas E. Barzelay (born 1947) is an American author and wine connoisseur with expertise centered around France's Côte d'Or.[1]“ He is the co-author (with Allen D. Meadows) of Burgundy Vintages: A History from 1845, which won the Gourmand Award for 2020 as "Best Wine Book in All Categories[2]". Barzelay, a graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, serves a teaching scholar for the Wine Education Council, a nonprofit educational organization[3].

Rudy Kurniawan[edit]

In 2008, Barzelay played an important role in unmasking the wine fraud of Rudy Kurniawan[4] [5], who was convicted of fraud in 2013 and sentenced to 10 years in prison[6]. According to author and journalist Peter Hellman, the case against Kurniawan “was born in April 2008” when Barzelay notified Laurent Ponsot, then proprietor of Burgundy’s Domaine Ponsot, that an auction catalog from Acker Merrall had listed for sale wines belonging to Kurniawan. The wines purportedly were made by Domaine Ponsot from the Clos St.-Denis vineyard in vintages from 1945 to 1971[5]. In fact, the domaine had never produced those wines[7]. Working with Ponsot, Barzelay arranged to have the wines removed from the auction, and together with Ponsot, confronted Kurniawan the following day, with Ponsot demanding to know the source of the wines, but receiving no response[8]

When Kurniawan was tried in December 2013, Barzelay was a prosecution witness [5]

Foxtrot Vineyards[edit]

In 2018, Barzelay and business partner Nathan Todd purchased Foxtrot Vineyards, a winery in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley that produces "Burgundian-style Pinot Noir[9].” Foxtrot Estate wines are made from ungrafted vines, which disappeared from Burgundy and elsewhere following devastation by phylloxera. Barzelay’s interest in the differences between pre-phylloxera and modern-day Burgundies has led him to experiment by planting a new vineyard, half with grafted and half with ungrafted vines, in order to compare the two resulting wines[10]


  1. McInerney, Jay. "Wine Country: Is Canada the New Napa?", Town & Country Magazine 2 February 2020.
  2. "Best In the World Food & Drink Culture - Gourmand Awards 2020". Gourmand International.
  3. "Wine Education Council Faculty".
  4. Steinberger, Mike. "The Kurniawan Saga: An Insider's Account". Mike Steinberger's Wine Diarist.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Hellman, Peter (13 Dec 2013). "Burgundy All-Stars Testify Against Accused Wine Counterfeiter". Wine Spectator.
  6. "Wine Dealer Sentenced in Counterfeiting Scheme". 5 September 2014.
  7. Steinberger, Michael. "A Vintage Crime". Vanity Fair.
  8. Hellman, Peter (2018). In Vino Duplicitas. New York: The Experiment. Search this book on
  9. Schreiner, John (6 April 2019). "Foxtrot Vineyards' new owners bring unique experience to the Okanagan". The Vancouver Sun.
  10. McInerney, Jay. "Wine Country: Is Canada the New Napa?", Town & Country Magazine 2 February 2020.

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