By Benjamin Wallace
“Part detective tale, half wine historical past, this is often one juicy story, even for people with little interest in the fruit of the vine. . . . As scrumptious as a real classic Lafite.” —BusinessWeek
The Billionaire’s Vinegar tells the real tale of a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux—supposedly owned by way of Thomas Jefferson—that offered for $156,000 at public sale and of the eccentrics whose lives intersected with it. used to be it actually entombed in a Paris cellar for 2 hundred years? Or did it come from a mystery Nazi bunker? Or from the moldy basement of a devilishly impressive con artist?
As Benjamin Wallace unravels the secret, we meet a gallery of interesting players—from the bicycle-riding British auctioneer who speaks of wines as though they're girls to the obsessive wine collector who chanced on the bottle. Suspenseful and thrillingly unusual, this is often the classic story of what may be the such a lot problematic con because the Hitler diaries. Updated for paperback with a brand new epilogue.
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