Thursday, October 15, 2009

"The Billionaire's Vinegar"

After much discussion in the press and a fascination with the subject that seems to have gone well beyond traditional wine-loving circles, Michael Broadbent, wine columnist and expert in all things vinous, has been awarded an undisclosed settlement in his law suit against Random House, publisher of the excellent “The Billionaire’s Vinegar.”

“Mr. Broadbent, the world-renowned wine expert and former head of Christie’s wine department, had claimed in his suit that the book falsely depicts him as complicit in a crime,” The New York Times reported. “‘The Billionaire’s Vinegar’ traces the history of the Jefferson bottles, vintage Bordeaux said to have belonged to Thomas Jefferson, which were auctioned by Christie’s for exorbitant prices. The Jefferson ownership, though, was never clearly established, and many experts have concluded that the bottles were never Jefferson’s.”

The full article in the Times is available here, and is well worth taking a look at. And the book, which I can’t recommend highly enough, is available at Amazon.com right here. Finally, take a look at this article that The New Yorker ran two years ago; it provides a very good overview of the topics that “The Billionaire’s Vinegar” deals with.

1 comments:

Erol on October 19, 2009 at 6:32 AM said...

I thought you might like to see what other directions this has taken. Including attempts to scilence anyone who has an opinion and his son badgering noteworthy blogger Jamie Goode, Senel Wine and even makes an appearance on DrVino (read the comments).

http://senelwine.blogspot.com/2009/10/broadbent-tarnished-legend.html

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