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The billionaire's vinegar : the mystery of the world's most expensive bottle of wine / Benjamin Wallace.

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Main Library 641.2223 WALLA (Text) IALBO102654043 Book Club Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780307338778
  • ISBN: 0307338770
  • Physical Description: 319 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2008.

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General Note: 12 copies.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: Lot 337 -- Incognito -- Tomb raider -- Monsieur Yquem -- Provenance -- "We did what you told us" -- Imaginary value -- The sweetness of death -- Salad dressing -- A pleasant stain, but not a great one -- The diviner of wines -- A built-in preference for the obvious -- Radioactive -- Letters from Hubsi -- "Awash in fakes" -- The last vertical -- Koch bottles -- Ghost particles -- Tailing Meinhard -- The finish.
Summary, etc.: It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. In 1985, a 1787 bottle of Cha^teau Lafite Bordeaux--one of a cache unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson--sold at auction for $156,000. The discoverer of the bottle was pop-band manager turned wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, who had a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. But rumors soon arose. Why wouldn't Rodenstock reveal the exact location where it had been found? Was it part of a smuggled Nazi hoard? Or did his reticence conceal an even darker secret? Author Wallace also offers a history of wine, complete with vivid accounts of subterranean European laboratories where old vintages are dated and of Jefferson's colorful, wine-soaked days in France. This tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler diaries is also the debut of a new voice in narrative non-fiction.--From publisher description.
Subject: Wine and wine making > Miscellanea.
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