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The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

I finished The Billionaire’s Vinegar over the weekend and was delighted with it. Have you read it? What did you think of it? Below is my brief description without giving too much away.

The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the world’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine Author: Benjamin Wallace
Crown Publishers, 2008

This recently published non-fiction piece of work is a delightful real-life mystery. Did Thomas Jefferson cellar wines in Paris and were these the bottles found and ultimately auctioned or sold to the public? Who engraved Th. J on the bottles? When and how was the engraving done? Searching the history of Thomas Jefferson’s interest in wine and relating Michael Broadbent’s success in discovering old wines in England, Benjamin Wallace traces the purported discovery of Thomas Jefferson’s bottles in Paris and an auction in 1985. Discover the relationship between Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Broadbent and Rodenstock as well as other influential people and their interest in old wines. Learn how these auction houses and individuals along with other wealthy influential individuals began with an interest in old wine that later became a competitive match. Discover vertical wines and other tastings that lasted not for hours but for days. Can one really determine the age of a bottle of wine? Wallace is able to weave history, culture and science into an intriguing well-written mystery. This is definitely a fascinating book.

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