Author: Benjamin Wallace
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Summary: A great micro-history, covering many interesting topics in just enough detail to bring this history to life.
The single subject connecting the threads of this story is a unique bottle of wine – a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux, supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson and sold at auction for $156,000. The origins of this bottle were a mystery. Speculation had it coming from a cellar in Paris, a secret Nazi bunker, or a forager’s workshop. While exploring the mystery of this particular bottle, the author gives us a fascinating history of wine appreciation in the US. He also explores what draws some people to wine, gives us a glimpse into the world of wealthy wine collectors and wine forging, and considers what factors make people value a single bottle of wine so highly. Read more »