Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine… Thomas Aquinas


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The billionaire’s vinegar : the mystery of the world’s most expensive bottle of wine  Benjamin Wallace  New York : Crown Publishers, c 2008  Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. 319 p. ; 25 cm. Includes bibliographical references. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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The Billionaire’s Vinegar tells the 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?

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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.

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