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The Billionaire's Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace - Excerpt

The Billionaire's Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace - Excerpt

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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 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 for paperback with a new epilogue.

To read more about The Billionaire's Vinegar or Benjamin Wallace please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.
“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 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 for paperback with a new epilogue.

To read more about The Billionaire's Vinegar or Benjamin Wallace please visit Crown Publishing Group at www.crownpublishing.com.

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Published by: Crown Publishing Group on Nov 17, 2011
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Copyright © 2008,2009 by Benjamin WallaceAll rights reserved.Published in the United States by Three Rivers Press,an imprint oftheCrown Publishing Group,a division ofRandom House,Inc.,New York.www.crownpublishing.comThree Rivers Press and the Tugboat design are registered trademarks of Random House,Inc.Originally published in hardcover in slightly different form in the United Statesby Crown Publishers,an imprint ofthe Crown Publishing Group,a divisionofRandom House,Inc.,New York,in 2008.Library ofCongress Cataloging-in-Publication DataWallace,Benjamin,1968–The Billionaires vinegar :the mystery ofthe world’s mostexpensive bottle ofwine / Benjamin Wallace.Includes bibliographical references.1.Wine and wine making—Miscellanea.I.Title.TP548.W2945 2008641.2'223dc222007031645ISBN 978-0-307-33878-5Printed in the United States ofAmerica
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