Here’s some wine porn you don’t see everyday! It’s even government sanctioned! That’s because the U.S. Marshal’s Office has released images from the day they demolished more than 500 bottles of wine from Rudy Kurniawan’s private collection. If you don’t know Rudy, he’s been all over the wine news for the past several years and was recently convicted in federal court for counterfeiting high-end wine (we’re talking bottles worth thousands of dollars/bottle). Fortunately, the bottles destroyed were deemed to be counterfeit or unsellablle by experts. So the government did what they had to: brought boxes, cases and pallets of bottles to a landfill in Creedmoor, Texas. They then let construction equipment do its best. Here are a few of the photos courtesy of the U.S. Marshals. You can view the full album here. (Also, thanks to Dr.Vino, where I first saw the news via twitter.)
Here’s the official statement from the U.S. Marshals:
More than 500 bottles of wine found to be counterfeit or unsellable are destroyed at a landfill in Creedmoor, Texas, Dec. 10, 2015. The wine was from the private collection of Rudy Kurniawan, the man convicted of fraud in federal court in 2013 for producing and selling millions of dollars of counterfeit wine. The U.S. Marshals were responsible for destroying the counterfeit and unsellable wine and selling the authentic wine. At the destruction, the wine bottles are crushed by a crane, and the glass is collected for recycling on site. The liquid contents of the bottles are collected and composted. The cardboard and wood from the boxes and pallets are also recycled or composted.