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The billionaire's vinegar : the mystery of the world's most expensive bottle of wine

Author: Benjamin Wallace; Dennis Boutsikaris; Books on Tape, Inc.
Publisher: [Santa Ana, Calif.] : Books on Tape, 2008.
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On December 5, 1985, the world's most expensive bottle of wine, a 1787 Chateau Lafite, sold at auction at Christie's in London for $156,000. The bottle was believed to have been ordered but never received by Thomas Jefferson for his personal collection, and had been discovered with several other bottles in a bricked up cellar in Paris two centuries later. The winning bidders, the Forbes family, immediately displayed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable audio books
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Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Wallace; Dennis Boutsikaris; Books on Tape, Inc.
ISBN: 9781415956496 1415956499
OCLC Number: 236191517
Notes: Abridged.
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Title from image on Web page (viewed July 28, 2008).
Performer(s): Read by Dennis Boutsikaris.
Description: 1 online resource (1 sound file)
Responsibility: Benjamin Wallace.

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On December 5, 1985, the world's most expensive bottle of wine, a 1787 Chateau Lafite, sold at auction at Christie's in London for $156,000. The bottle was believed to have been ordered but never received by Thomas Jefferson for his personal collection, and had been discovered with several other bottles in a bricked up cellar in Paris two centuries later. The winning bidders, the Forbes family, immediately displayed their prize under a spotlight at their Fifth Avenue galleries building, where the bright light shriveled the cork, which fell into the bottle, and the wine quickly turned into the world's most expensive bottle of vinegar. The billionaire's vinegar is the story of this bottle (and other bottles from the same cache) and the cast of characters whose lives it touched: Thomas Jefferson, in his day America's most prominent oenophile; the Forbes family; German rock promoter-turned-über collector Hardy Rodenstock; Wine spectator and Cigar aficionado publisher Marvin Shanken; old-school British auctioneer Michael Broadbent; and others. It also investigates--and answers--the questions surrounding the bottles' apparent disappearance and rediscovery, the longest-running mystery in the modern wine world.

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