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

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Crown/Archetype, May 13, 2008 - True Crime - 336 pages
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The New York Times bestseller, updated with a new epilogue, that 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.

“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


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The billionaire's vinegar: the mystery of the world's most expensive bottle of wine

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In 1985 in London, the Forbes publishing family paid more than $150,000 for a nearly 200-year-old bottle of Ch�teau Lafite Bordeaux rumored to have once been owned by Thomas Jefferson. The ... Read full review

Forgery, duplicity, auctions and wine!

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I really enjoyed reading this. It was a window to a world I know very little about. The book chronicles the rise and tribulations of the rare wine trade through the eighties and early nineties ... Read full review

Contents

Lot 337
3
Tomb Raider
21
Monsieur Yºuem
41
Provenance
57
What You Toſol Us
67
Imaginary ſalue
81
The Sweetness of Death
95
Salad Dressing
107
Radioactive
173
Letters from Hubs
183
Awash in Fakes
197
The Last Vertical
213
Koch Bottles
225
Ghost Particles
237
Tailing Meinhard
251
The Finish
265

A Pleasant Stain but Not a Great One
125
The Diviner of Wine
139
A Builtin Preference for the Obvious
153
Notes
283
Acknowledgments
315
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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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