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Controversy erupts when an unassuming young man floods the American wine market with fake vintages valued in the millions, bamboozling the wine world elite, in this humorous and suspenseful tale of an ingenious con on the eve of the 2008 stock market crash.
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His business idea was simple: to pass off home-made blends as exclusive wines, manipulate the market to get the highest possible price, and sell the bottles to unsuspecting wine-lovers. Some of Rudy's victims still can't believe the charming young man was a sociopathic con artist. Apparently, Kurniawan's family are conmen of long standing in Indonesia, one of the family members being a bank owner who embezzled millions, the other being an actual bank robber! Kurniawan's luck run out when billionaire Bill Koch became suspicious of some of his rare vintages.
Personally, I was struck by two things watching “Sour Grapes”. First, that the cops and lawyers (real people) look just like the “rogue cop” or “corrupted lawyer” stereotypes á la Hollywood. The other was the bizarre character of the whole thing. Seriously, who would pay tens of thousands of dollars for a bottle of wine? But then, I'm an absolutist, so perhaps I just don't get it…