Top 10 books for wine lovers

8. The Billionaires Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace

The Billionaires Vinegar

The Billionaire’s Vinegar tells the true story of a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux, allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson, which set a new record when it sold for $156,000 at auction in 1985.

However the debate over its authenticity continued long after it was sold with experts scratching their heads as to how this bottle had remained under the radar for so long, and if it was indeed genuine.

Theories ranged from it being entombed in a Paris cellar for 200 years or hidden in a secret Nazi bunker. Benjamin Wallace attempts to unravel the mystery in this New York Times top seller speaking to a range of players within the wine industry from Hardy Rodenstock, a German collector, and Michael Broadbent, a Christie’s wine expert.

2 Responses to “Top 10 books for wine lovers”

  1. Virginie Saverys says:

    Two other great books about history and wine:

    Don Kladstrup : Wine and war
    Paul Lukacs : Inventing wine, a new history of one of the world’s most ancient pleasures

  2. Ron Irvine says:

    Two excellent books set in Washington State: The Wine Project by Ron Irvine and Walter Clore (a not your typical history book; and The Winemaker’s Daughter by Tim Egan, a story of greed and honor set in the framework of a father’s vineyard and winery.

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