The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine (Google eBook)

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Crown Publishing Group, May 13, 2008 - Antiques & Collectibles - 319 pages
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“Part detective story, part wine history, this is one juicy tale, even for those with no interest in the fruit of the vine. . . . As delicious as a true vintage Lafite.” —BusinessWeek

The Billionaire’s Vinegar, now a New York Times bestseller, tells the true story of a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux—supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson—that sold for $156,000 at auction and of the eccentrics whose lives intersected with it. Was it truly entombed in a Paris cellar for two hundred years? Or did it come from a secret Nazi bunker? Or from the moldy basement of a devilishly brilliant con artist? As Benjamin Wallace unravels the mystery, we meet a gallery of intriguing players—from the bicycle-riding British auctioneer who speaks of wines as if they are women to the obsessive wine collector who discovered the bottle. Suspenseful and thrillingly strange, this is the vintage tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler diaries.

Updated with a new epilogue.

  

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Review: The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

For a non-fiction book, the story of Hardy Rodenstock and his Jefferson bottles flowed well and was interesting, the characters being real people instead of just names in a book. The author seems to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Caroline Stewart - Goodreads

I have no palate to speak of, or any interest in wine for that matter, and so I was prepared to be relatively bored by this book. Why did I even choose to read it then? Because there's always stuff to ... Read full review

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Incognito
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Monsieur Yquem I I
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U I
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lznaginary lirlue
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The Sweetness qfDeah
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Salad Dressing
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1 Pleasant Stain but Not a Great One
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The Diviner qf Wines I 3 9
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Notes
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Acknowledgments
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About the author (2008)

BENJAMIN WALLACE, a New York Times bestselling author, has written for GQ, the Washington Post, Food & Wine, and Philadelphia, where he was the executive editor. He lives in Brooklyn.

Visit his website at BenjaminWallace.net.

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