What I’m Reading: The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace
An absolutely mind-blowing read.The story unravels like a murder mystery. Or was there ever a murder? Did the wine ever exist? This story of wine counterfeiters, bottles auctioned for over $30,000, tampered corks, bottles, labels had me on the edge of my seat from the get go, trying to keep up with the names, the wines, the regions, the auctions, the tastings…the research put into this book was astounding. From Thomas Jefferson’s records to tracking the culprit across the world, following up with auctioneers, billionaires, and wine professionals. The sales, the tasting, and the accusations continued for nearly two decades when lab research began to confirm suspicions; while the findings are inconclusive, Wallace is able to portray every side of the story, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions. This book is equivocal to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and is a must read for everyone with even the faintest interest in wine.
Also available abridged on Audible.