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    Description"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 Chateau 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 for paperback with a new epilogue.


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    Title
    The Billionaire's Vinegar
    Subtitle
    The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Benjamin Wallace
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 323
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307338785
    ISBN 10: 0307338789
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: FOO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T16.4
    BIC subject category V2: HBT
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: CW
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 120
    BISAC V2.8: CKB041000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24580
    BIC subject category V2: WBXD
    BISAC V2.8: CKB088000
    B&T Approval Code: A71544000
    DC21: 641.2223
    BISAC V2.8: HIS000000
    DC22: 641.2223, 641.2/223
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: ANT051000
    LC classification: TP548 .W2945 2009
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Publisher
    Three Rivers Press
    Imprint name
    Three Rivers Press
    Publication date
    14 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER "Captivating." --"New York Times Book Review" "The season's wine reading cannot get off to a better start than with "The Billionaire's Vinegar," one of the rare books on wine that transcends the genre ...Though the story is the collector's world, the subject is also greed and how it can contort reality to fit one's desires. It's been optioned for Hollywood. I hope the movie's as good as the book." --"New York Times" "This is a captivating tale, even if you care nothing about wine." "--Wall Street Journal " "Entertaining." "--Washington Post ""Fine writing, great reporting, and a story so delicious you could have it for dessert." "--Fortune" "Part detective story, part wine history, this is one juicy tale....as delicious as a true vintage Lafite." --"Businessweek" "Splendid...A delicious mystery that winds through musty European cellars, Jefferson-era France and Monticello, engravers' shops, a nuclear physics lab, rival auction houses and legendary multi-day tastings conducted by the shadowy German who had discovered the Jefferson collection...Ripe for Hollywood." --"USA Today " "A gem of a book...Mr. Wallace answers questions raised about Rodenstock and his remarkable find with a narrative that moves slowly and gracefully through lively and interesting information. Mr. Wallace seems to consciously take his time revealing what he knows, much like someone tasting a fine wine. There is no rush or urgency. Just a tale that oenophiles, history buffs and ordinary wine lovers alike will savor." "--Washington Times ""This is a gripping story, expertly handled by Benjamin Wallace who writes with wit and verve, drawing the reader into a subculture strewn with eccentrics and monomaniacs...Full of detail that will delight wine lovers. It will also appeal to anyone who merely savours a great tale, well told." "--The Economist ""A page-turner...Wha