BENJAMIN WALLACE has written for "GQ, Food & Wine," and "Philadelphia," where he was the executive editor. He lives in Brooklyn.
"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 t