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Benjamin Wallace (Author: "Billionaire's Vinegar" speaks at Monticello...

Posted by ChipDWood, Jun 24, 2009.

What: Benjamin Wallace speaks about the "Billionaire's Vinegar"
When This Thursday, June 25th
Where: Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia

Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, will discuss his book about the controversy surrounding the 1980s discovery and auction of wine purported to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson at Monticello Thursday June 25.

In addition to Wallace's talk on the West Lawn, the evening will include tours of Monticello and an outdoor reception. 6:00 p.m. $35. Space is limited; reserved tickets are required and can be purchased online at or by calling (434) 984-9880.

The words below are from the author's website ; we recommend viewing this site if you are interested in more information regarding the author and this book.

"It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold."

"In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie's of London , a 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux- unearthed in a Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson-went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was Hardy Rodenstock, a pop-band manager turned wine collector with a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. But rumors about the bottle soon arose. Why wouldn't Rodenstock reveal the exact location where it had been found? Was it part of a smuggled Nazi hoard? Or did his reticence conceal an even darker secret?

"Pursuing the story from London to Zurich to Munich and beyond, Benjamin Wallace offers a mesmerizing history of wine and of Jefferson's wine-soaked days in France . Suspenseful, witty, and thrillingly strange, this is the vintage tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler diaries."

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