With over 10,000 grape varieties monitoring authenticity, adulteration and fraud poses a serious challenge for the wine industry.

From composition to geographical origin we have developed innovative technologies and applications for wine authenticity testing.

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Fast and Precise Isotope Analysis of Liquids on a DELTA V Isotope Ratio MS with High Temperature Conversion Elemental Analyzer

18O and 2H isotope ratio analysis of aqueous solutions such as water, urine, blood plasma, wine, can be performed by a variety of different techniques: equilibration, chromium reduction and carbon reduction (also referred to as high temperature conversion or pyrolysis). The high temperature conversion (TC) method allows a direct isotope ratio analysis of both oxygen and hydrogen in continuous flow mode. It offers the analysis of two isotopes in five minutes from only one injection of water samples as small as 0.1 μL.

Analyte Guru blog posts

Is Your Wine Authentic: An Ion Chromatography Method

On the agenda of the recent UK Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC) meeting I attended was a fascinating talk titled: Wine Fraud – Catching the Cheats by renowned wine expert Geoff Taylor of Campden BRI. Although Geoff’s does not discuss Ion Chromatography, his abstract has some startling facts where fraud could potentially make serious money for the criminals, ranging from the fine wine market where volume is low and unit prices are high through to the mass volume market.

Identifying Your $200,000 Bottle of Wine

Researching for a nice bottle of wine to take to a party, I did what many of us do and performed an internet search. High on the results and distracting me from my task was the following story: World’s most expensive wine goes on sale on a bottle of wine selling for an eye-watering USD $195,000. I then wondered, ever the analytical chemist, how do they know it’s the real thing and could these buyers benefit from an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS) of the bottles of wine in their cellar!