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

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Crown/Archetype, May 13, 2008 - Antiques & Collectibles - 197 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  - Mark - Goodreads

Part history, part National Treasure, part mystery with a couple of nice cons thrown in for good measure. I really enjoyed this book. :-) Read full review

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

User Review  - Marian Klaus - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. Gave an interesting history of French wine and I feel like I now know much more about Thomas Jefferson and how his travels and love of wine affected interest in the US. The wine forgery accusations were an entertaining backdrop to the history lesson. Read full review

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Contents

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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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