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The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine von [Wallace, Benjamin]
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Pressestimmen

“Part detective story, part wine history, this is one juicy tale….as delicious as a true vintage Lafite.”
Business Week

“Splendid...A delicious mystery that winds through musty European cellars, Jefferson-era France and Monticello, engravers' shops, a nuclear physics lab, rival auction houses and legendary multi-day tastings conducted by the shadowy German who had discovered the Jefferson collection...Ripe for Hollywood.”
USA Today

“This is a gripping story, expertly handled by Benjamin Wallace who writes with wit and verve, drawing the reader into a subculture strewn with eccentrics and monomaniacs...Full of detail that will delight wine lovers. It will also appeal to anyone who merely savours a great tale, well told.”
The Economist

"A page-turner…What makes Wallace's book worth reading is the way he fleshes out the tale with entertaining digressions into Jefferson's wine adventures, how to fake wines (who knew a shotgun blast could make a bottle look old?) and dead-on portraits of several major wine personalities who intersected unhappily with the wines.”
Bloomberg

"Wallace’s depiction of rabid oenophiles staging almost decadent events to swill rare wine, knowingly depleting the reserves, are as much fun as the mystery."
The New York Daily News

“A riveting wine history, wine mystery, and more.”
—Dana Cowin, editor in chief of Food & Wine

"For anyone with at least a curiosity about precious old wines and the love of a good story, this well-crafted piece of journalism may prove as intriguing and enjoyable as a fine old Bordeaux.”
Seattle Times

"The season's wine reading cannot get off to a better start than with The Billionaire’s Vinegar,  one of the rare books on wine that transcends the genre ...Though the story is the collector’s world, the subject is also greed and how it can contort reality to fit one’s desires. It’s been optioned for Hollywood. I hope the movie’s as good as the book.”  
—Eric Asimov, The Pour, New York Times

“It is the fine details--the bouquet, the body, the notes, the finish--that make this book such a lasting pleasure, to be savored and remembered long after the last page is turned. Ben Wallace has told a splendid story just wonderfully, his touch light and deft, his instinct pitch-perfect. Of all the marvelous legends of the wine trade, this curiously unforgettable saga most amply deserves the appellation: a classic.”
—Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman and A Crack in the Edge of the World

“The Billionaire’s Vinegar is the ultimate page-turner. Written with literary intelligence, it has a cast of characters like something out Fawlty Towers meets The Departed. It takes you into a subculture so deep and delicious, you can almost taste the wine that turns so many seemingly rational people into madmen. It is superb nonfiction.”
—Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights

Kurzbeschreibung

The New York Times bestseller, updated with a new epilogue, that tells the true 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? 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.

“Part detective story, part wine history, this is one juicy tale, even for those with no interest in the fruit of the vine. . . . As delicious as a true vintage Lafite.” —BusinessWeek


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3664 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 338 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0307338789
  • Verlag: Broadway Books; Auflage: 1st (13. Mai 2008)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0013TRRSA
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Nach etwa zwei Dritteln des Buches muß ich sagen, dass ich es nicht für den auf dem Buch angekündigten "Krimi" halte. Ganz am Anfang geht es um die Flasche, die angeblich Thomas Jefferson gehört haben soll. Im Verlaufe des Buches geht es allerdings mehr um den "Weinhändler" Rodenstock, Weinverkostungen und die Machenschaften hinter alten Weinen. Dabei handelt es sich fast ausschließlich um Weine von namhaften Chateaux im Bordeaux. Als spannend würde ich das Buch ab einem gewissen Punkt nicht mehr bezeichnen. Im Gegenteil: In Teilen als eher mühsam, weil der Autor zu sehr - nach meinem Empfinden - in Details verliebt ist. Interessant ist, was hinter den Kulissen der Weinwelt geschieht, um Weine noch teurer zu machen. Wie sagt Robert Parker sinngemäß irgendwo im Buch: Wein ist die einzige "Geldanlage", die kein Echtheitszertifikat besitzt. Mein Fazit: Wenn man keinen Krimi erwartet, sondern nur einen tieferen Einblick in die Welt der edlen, alten Weine erhalten will, ist man mit diesem Buch gut bedient.
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Super toll geschrieben und sehr mitreißend, dass es schwer fiel das Buch zur Seite zu legen.
Ich kann dieses Buch jedem Weinliebhaber wärmstens empfehlen, auch in deutscher Sprache.
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A Billionaires Vinegar
ist ein wunderbares Lesevergnügen für alle, die ein gutes Buch genauso zu schätzen wissen wie ein gutes Glas Wein.
Eine wahre Geschichte, die sich wie ein Krimi liest.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Whining 19. Oktober 2015
Von Robert P Gelms - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Wine Whines
By Bob Gelms

The Billionaire’s Vinegar

How many out there like to drink wine? I thought so, me too. Well this book is an entertaining tome about mega rich people behaving over the top about super rare wines that, in the grand scheme of things, shouldn’t really be all that important. It’s also about super rich people getting ripped off for a mega amount of money and that’s always very entertaining.

The story in The Billionaire’s Vinegar dizzyingly revolves around a cache of Bordeaux wine from a superb Chateau circa 1788. That in itself would make this story drink splendidly. The real kicker in all this, and the aspect that had everyone connected to it panting like a thirsty man just in from the desert willing to drink just about anything, is that these bottles were owned by Thomas Jefferson. Wait for it – he also initialed all the bottles.

The man who found the Jefferson bottles, Hardy Rodenstock, is a rather mysterious German wine dealer with a suspicious past and a knack for discovering tremendously rare bottles of some of the world’s best wines. At the time of the Jefferson discovery, an American family with a love for all things Jefferson was supporting an exhibit of Jefferson memorabilia from their vast collection of Jefferson items. The family scion was sent to purchase the bottle at auction. He did and spent $165,000 for the one bottle of wine. I need to mention right here that we are talking about the Forbes family as in Malcolm Forbes and his son Christopher. They were hoodwinked.

There was suspicion from the beginning that Hardy Rodenstock had counterfeited the Jefferson bottles. There wasn’t any proof but there was plenty of suspicion. If you have the desire to counterfeit a bottle of wine The Billionaires Vinegar has a chapter or two on how you can do it and probably get away with it.

This is an intriguing peek into the highbrow world of rare wines and the super rich and what they like to do in their spare time. I was amazed at how cavalier the bottles were treated by the people who bought them. It was as if paying $100,000 for a bottle of wine was an everyday thing and once they had it, it wasn’t interesting any more. I don’t get it but I sure as hell would drink a glass if it was offered to me.

Shadows In The Vineyard

Maximilian Potter has written a riveting tale about a true-life criminal escapade perpetrated on one of the world’s great wineries, Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World's Greatest Wine.
Oenophiles have, more or less, treated the wine region of Burgundy as the bastard stepchild of its more famous sister over in Bordeaux. Those in the know, however, say that wines from Burgundy regularly outperform wines from any other region in France.

There is one Chateau that sits at the top of the pyramid. It is the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, simplified to DRC. Wine experts consider wines from this Chateau to be the finest in the world and the most expensive wines from the Burgundy region. The terrior of DRC sits on the best wine growing dirt on planet Earth. It’s hard to deny this when you taste their wine.

The crime was a simple one. Blackmail. A mysterious villain, Jacques Soltys, living the life of a hermit in the woods, decides to cash in for the big score. He seems, to me, to be part chemist, botanist and vintner. He is a failure at almost everything he has tried including bank robbing, kidnapping and other illegal schemes.

Now comes Aubert de Villaine, the aristocratic headman and owner of DRC. He receives a puzzling letter that, at first, he disregards. It is, of course, a ransom note. De Villaine will pay the criminal €1 million. If not, the vines themselves will be poisoned. This scheme attacks the basic values and principles of what it means to be French. It is a crime so preposterous as to be almost unthinkable. It can be likened to blowing up the Jefferson Memorial unless you were paid $3 million.

This is a real crime that occurred in 2010 and, sad to say, it partially succeeded. There is a confluence of brilliant detectives, chemists and botanists who try to defeat Soltys. The good guys set up a very clever sting operation to catch Mr. Soltys. A lot happens; a lot.

In the annuls of true crime books this is right up there. It has a literary quality that is matched with Mr. Potter’s exceedingly dramatic pacing that creates tension you can swat at with a grape vine. This is for both lovers of wine and the folks who like true crime. This crime is dastardly and its solving is both clever and timely. I sure enjoyed Shadows in the Vineyard and I’m thinking you will as well.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Too Many Details 28. Juni 2013
Von Bill Dolworth - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I found this book overly detailed for the general reader. I did like the stories about Thomas Jefferson but I found the many descriptions of various wines and wineries to be very tedious. If you a wine enthusiast I'm sure you have a different opinion. I think this story would have made a great magazine article but was not meaty enough to be a book. I did plow through and the pace does pick up a bit in the last few chapters. I was expecting more stories of capers and less descriptions of lavish wine tastings that have limited interest to me.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen "In May 1945, when allied forces liberated Hitler's mountaintop redoubt in Bavaria, they found half a million bottles of wine." 9. Februar 2013
Von Mary Whipple - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Could the bottle of Lafite, with the initials of Thomas Jefferson and dated 1787, awaiting auction at Christie's in London in 1987, possibly have been part of a newly discovered Nazi hoard? As Michael Broadbent, the head of the wine department of Christie's, prepared to auction off this bottle, the oldest authenticated bottle of red wine ever to come up for auction at Christie's, he knew that it would become the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. Parts of the Old Marais district in Paris had recently been torn down, and some wondered if the bottle was found walled up in a basement. Others suggested that it had a Nazi history. Then again, Thomas Jefferson had sent hundreds of cases of wine home to Monticello when he left his job as Minister to France, and one of these cases may have been lost or stolen.

Speculation was rife because of the age and importance of this bottle, not just for its qualities as wine but also because of its historical importance. The bottle had been consigned to Christie's by Hardy Rodenstock, a German wine collector who refused to say exactly where it had come from, revealing only that it was from a hidden cellar in an unidentified 18th century house in Paris. The cellar supposedly contained a hundred bottles, two dozen of which, all from 1784 - 1787, were engraved with the initials "Th.J." After a bidding war, Kip Forbes, son of publisher Malcolm Forbes, was declared the winner with a bid of $156,000.

Questions began to arise about this bottle almost immediately. There was no evidence that Jefferson had ever purchased a 1787 Lafite, and in fact, Jefferson had recorded the purchase of only two of the four wines that Rodenstock had found. The engraving style on the auctioned bottle had never before been used by Jefferson, and all the other Rodenstock wines had exactly the same engraving style. "It seemed odd [too] that whoever first found the bottles would not have shopped them to the highest bidder, instead of automatically selling to Rodenstock." As several more of the Jefferson bottles came up for auction over the next couple of years, each one setting a new record, questions continued to arise about the bottles themselves, the amount of evaporation, and ultimately, even the instruments used to engrave the bottles. Unusually, at every tasting Rodenstock sponsored, his men secured the corks and sealing wax after the bottles were opened, and no one had access to them for testing purposes.

In the second half of the book, author Benjamin Wallace takes the reader from 1987 to the present, detailing the new techniques which can now be used (and were later used on the Jefferson bottles) to date bottles, wine, sediments, engraving, wax, and corks. High tech labs, with experts on everything from tests for germanium, thermoluminescence, carbon, and lead, create a fascinating story of how the wine market has evolved to the present and the safeguards now in place to prevent fraud of this nature. Benjamin Wallace keeps the excitement high as he details the search for information about the Jefferson wines and the eventual outcome regarding their "rightness." Well researched and filled with details about the wine industry, the book bears reading now, in light of recent decisions in the lawsuits brought by William Koch and the auctioneer, Michael Broadbent.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Very Informative Book if You're Interested in Fine Wine AND, as an Added Bonus, the People Who Inhabit That World. 29. August 2014
Von Beth Anderson aka Hotclue - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Fascinating look at the growth of the fine wine collection world in America getting caught up in its own hubris during the eighties and nineties, when people who had the money to gamble found themselves gambling hundreds of thousands of dollars on the legitimacy of a few bottles of wine from back in Thomas Jefferson's time, and from his own collection...or was it? Only one person knew for sure, but still people who could afford it got caught up in the mystery, and so many who didn't have a clue what they were doing, although they certainly thought they did, went ahead and did it anyhow, unleashing enough Shadenfreude for the reader to keep you reading to the end. I couldn't put the book down until the last page. And along with all this, there's lots of fine wine information for anyone who is as interested as I was, and am. I learned a lot just reading this book and one of the main things I learned was that people with Plenty of Money don't always have sense enough to know when to quit, especially when their reputation as a fine wine collector is at stake. This is one of those wildly but subtly, well-written, fun books where you find yourself rooting for what might turn out to be the bad guy . ;-) If you like rare fine wines coupled with a look at how the One Percenters like to raise their stakes, this is your book.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Hardy Rodenstock and his old-wine bottles. 28. Dezember 2014
Von LB Hialeah - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I no longer read fiction. I like wine, thus this books was a good fit for me. The prose reads like forensic fiction; it is an enjoyable and never boring read. Even though the ostensible focus of the book is on the "Jefferson" wine bottles from the 1700s, the book's real subject is rare-wine purveyor Hardy Rodenstock.

Along the way you will learn a bit about how fine rare wine (real and fake) is traded around the world at exorbitant prices. You will almost get a sense of glee upon discovering that a bunch of very wealthy people got suckered into paying tons of money for age-ravaged juice that was not quite what they though they were buying.

If you are interested in the Jefferson bottles' history and dealings, as you read make and keep a list of them as they are introduced in the text. Otherwise you will have a hard time keeping track of which are being discussed. This is my only and very minor knock on the book.
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