Author: Benjamin Wallace

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The Billionaire’s Vinegar in the 641s

February 11, 2018 Uncategorized 8

The Billionaire’s Vinegar in the 641sTitle: The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine
Author: Benjamin Wallace
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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 »

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