The Billionaire's Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace
The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine

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If you’re new to wine or even if you happen to know a thing or two about it, The Billionare’s Vinegar is a good page-turner that really delves into the world of wine and the high stakes that came with the explosion of super rare wine into the market.
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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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About Benjamin Wallace

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BENJAMIN WALLACE has written for GQ, Food & Wine, and Philadelphia, where he was the executive editor. He lives in Brooklyn.
 
Published May 13, 2008 by Broadway Books. 336 pages
Genres: History, Cooking. Non-fiction
Bestseller Status:
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Paul W. Jameson on Oct 22 2014

But The Billionaire’s Vinegar goes beyond that narrow issue, giving us an insight into the wine world of today, when a select few wines have been pushed into price realms that have put them out of our reach. We are poorer for that.

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The Times-Picayune

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Reviewed by Doug MacCash on Sep 02 2014

If a collision of larceny, gullibility, incredible wealth and pretentiousness appeals to you, then by all means uncork "The Billionaire's Vinegar" and offer a toast to Mr. Wallace.

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Reviewed by Swapna Krishna on Mar 29 2009

The ending is somewhat unsatisfying, but I’ve found in non-fiction narratives, that is often the case. Still, The Billionaire’s Vinegar is a very enjoyable read that I definitely recommend to non-fiction lovers and people who are interested in wine.

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Seeing the World Through Books

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Reviewed by Mary Whipple on Feb 08 2013

Benjamin Wallace keeps the excitement high as he details the search for information about the Jefferson wines and the eventual outcome.

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Reflections of a Book Addict

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Reviewed by TODD RYDER on Apr 21 2011

If you’re new to wine or even if you happen to know a thing or two about it, The Billionare’s Vinegar is a good page-turner that really delves into the world of wine and the high stakes that came with the explosion of super rare wine into the market.

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