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?It would take more than two decades for those questions to be answered and involve a gallery of intriguing players—among them Michael Broadbent, whose palate is covered by a hefty insurance policy; and Bill Koch, Broadbent’s elegant archrival, the bicycle-riding British auctioneer who speaks of wines as if they are women and staked his reputation on the record-setting sale; Serena Sutcliffe, the extravagant Florida tycoon bent on exposing the truth about Rodenstock.
The discoverer of the bottle was pop-band manager turned wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, who had a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. In 1985, a 1787 bottle of château lafite bordeaux—one of a cache of bottles unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson—went for $156, at a heated auction by Christie’s of London, 000 to a member of the Forbes family.
. Used - Very good. It is also the debut of an exceptionally powerful new voice in narrative non-fiction. Pursuing the story from monticello to london to zurich to munich and beyond, complete with vivid accounts of subterranean European laboratories where old vintages are dated and of Jefferson’s colorful, Benjamin Wallace also offers a mesmerizing history of wine, wine-soaked days in France, where he literally drank up the culture.
Suspenseful, witty, and thrillingly strange, The Billionaire’s Vinegar is the vintage tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler diaries.
Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure
Like others in the french resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown—until now. They received help from unexpected quarters: the german weinfuhrers, the very men the Nazis sent to requisition wine, which recognized the importance of keeping France's vineyards French, whose close ties to the French wine industry mitigated their actions, and even the collaborationist Vichy regime, and prevented the Nazis from seizing the Jewish-owned Chateaux Mouton-Rothschild and Lafite-Rothschild.
Based on three years of research and interviews with the survivors who engaged in this epic enterprise, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, Wine and War illuminates a compelling, in a very real way, little-known chapter of history, saved the spirit of France.
In 1940, france fell to the nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. It also recounts the heroics of winemakers who hid Jewish refugees and smuggled members of the Resistance across the Demarcation Line in wine barrels, as well as the villainy of collaborators who worked with Nazi occupiers for their own benefit.
Finally, wine and war reveals that the French were not alone in trying to save their wine. Wine and war tells the alternately thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them. By rooting the narrative in the stories of five prominent winemaking families from France's key wine-producing regions of Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Alsace, Bordeaux, and Champagne, journalists Don and Petie Kladstrup vividly illustrate how men and women risked their lives for a cause that meant saving the heart and soul of France as much as protecting its economy.
The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It
Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, in this utterly intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman. Collins Publishers. The widow clicquot is the new york times bestselling business biography of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire, became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style.
Wine and War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle for France's Greatest Treasure
Like others in the french resistance, winemakers mobilized to oppose their occupiers, but the tale of their extraordinary efforts has remained largely unknown–until now. Collins Publishers. Wine and war illuminates a compelling, little-known chapter of history, in a very real way, and stands as a tribute to extraordinary individuals who waged a battle that, saved the spirit of France.
Wine and war the french the Nazis and the Battle for France s Greatest Treasure. The remarkable untold story of france’s courageous, clever vinters who protected and rescued the country’s most treasured commodity from German plunder during World War II. To be a frenchman means to fight for your country and its wine.
Claude terrail, owner, restaurant la tour d’argentin 1940, France fell to the Nazis and almost immediately the German army began a campaign of pillaging one of the assets the French hold most dear: their wine. This is the thrilling and harrowing story of the French wine producers who undertook ingenious, daring measures to save their cherished crops and bottles as the Germans closed in on them.
Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California
Five of the wine trade murders were associated with Isaias Hellman's vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga beginning with the killing of John Rains who owned the land at the time. The history of the california wine trade, dating back to the 19th Century, strangling monopolies, is a story of vineyards with dark and bloody pasts, tales of rich men, the brutal enslavement of vineyard workers and murder.
Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4. 5 million bottles of california's finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it the largest destruction of wine in history. A new york times bestselleron october 12, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, 2005, California. Sadly, mark anderson was not the first to harm the industry.
Collins Publishers. Wine and war the french the Nazis and the Battle for France s Greatest Treasure. He was shot several times, dragged from a wagon and left off the main road for the coyotes to feed on. Few people sipping a fine California Cabernet can even guess at the Tangled Vines where its life began. In her new book, frances dinkelspiel looks beneath the casually elegant veneer of California's wine regions to find the obsession, greed and violence lying in wait.
With a propane torch and a bucket of gasoline-soaked rags, Anderson annihilated entire California vineyard libraries as well as bottles of some of the most sought-after wines in the world.
Judgment of Paris: California vs. France & the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting That Revolutionized Wine
With unique access to the main players and a contagious passion for his subject, Taber renders this historic event and its tremendous aftershocks—repositioning the industry and sparking a golden age for viticulture across the globe. Taber, focusing on three gifted unknowns behind the winning wines: a college lecturer, a real estate lawyer, recounts this seminal contest and its far-reaching effects, the only reporter present, and a Yugoslavian immigrant.
Collins Publishers. The only reporter present at the mythic paris tasting of 1976—a blind tasting where a panel of esteemed French judges chose upstart California wines over France’s best—for the first time introduces the eccentric American winemakers and records the tremendous aftershocks of this historic event that changed forever the world of wine.
The paris tasting of 1976 will forever be remembered as the landmark event that transformed the wine industry. At this legendary contest—a blind tasting—a panel of top French wine experts shocked the industry by choosing unknown California wines over France’s best. George M. With an eclectic cast of characters and magnificent settings, Judgment of Paris is an illuminating tale and a story of the entrepreneurial spirit of the new world conquering the old.
Wine and war the french the Nazis and the Battle for France s Greatest Treasure.
In Vino Duplicitas: The Rise and Fall of a Wine Forger Extraordinaire
. The problem? the winemaker was certain that this particular burgundy was first produced only in 1982. Whether driven by the love of wine or of justice, sellers, all were asking the same question: Was the mild-mannered Kurniawan himself a dupe? Or had one young man—with little experience and few connections—ensnared the world’s top winemakers, and drinkers in a web of deceit? Collins Publishers.
. After bursting onto the scene in 2002, Kurniawan quickly became the leading purveyor of rare wines to the American elite. Hellman clearly knows his stuff. The wall street Journal “Hellman presents. Shines a light on the esoteric and intriguing world of ultrarare, ultrafine wines. Foreword, starred review “in Vino Duplicitas is a cautionary tale of how we can let the romance of wine get the better of us.
An engrossing account of wine fraud and forgery. Journalist peter hellman was there, ” a dignified burgundian winemaker, and he would closely investigate as a singular cast of characters—including a Kansas-born billionaire and self-proclaimed “hoarder, a wine-loving young prosecutor, and a crusty FBI agent who prepared for the case by reading French Wine for Dummies—worked to unravel the biggest con in wine history.
But rudy kurniawan, was blessed with two gifts that opened doors: a virtuoso palate for wine tasting, an unknown twentysomething from Indonesia, and access to a seemingly limitless if mysterious supply of the world’s most coveted wines.
The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty
Used book in Good Condition. Collins Publishers. Wine and war the french the Nazis and the Battle for France s Greatest Treasure. Experiment. Robert’s sons, michael and timothy, as passionate in their own ways as their visionary father, waged battle with each other for control of the company before Michael’s expansive ambitions ultimately led to a board coup and the sale of the business to an international conglomerate.
A meticulously reported narrative based on thousands of hours of interviews, The House of Mondavi is bound to become a classic. From 1906, when italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, to the Robert Mondavi Corp. S twenty-first-century battle over a billion-dollar fortune, award-winning journalist Julia Flynn brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama.
The blood feuds are as spectacular as the business triumphs. An epic, sibling rivalry, the house of mondavi is a tale of genius, scandal-plagued story of the immigrant family that built—and then spectacularly lost—a global wine empireSet in California’s lush Napa Valley and spanning four generations of a talented and visionary family, and betrayal.
Cesare’s sons, robert and peter, literally came to blows in the 1960s during a dispute touched off by the purchase of a mink coat, resulting in Robert’s exile from the family—and his subsequent founding of a winery that would set off a revolution in American winemaking.
The History of Wine in 100 Bottles: From Bacchus to Bordeaux and Beyond
Moving from the first cork tops to screw caps, renowned wine writer oz clarke presents such landmarks as the introduction of the cylindrical wine bottle in the 1780s; the first estate to bottle and label its own wine formerly sold in casks to merchants only; the most expensive bottle sold at auction and the oldest unopened bottle; the change in classifications; and the creation of numerous famous vintages.
Wine and war the french the Nazis and the Battle for France s Greatest Treasure. Experiment. Used book in Good Condition. Sterling Publishing NY. Fully illustrated with photographs of bottles, labels, and other images, this is a beautiful tribute to the "bottled poetry" that is wine. Winemaking is as old as civilization itself, and this illuminating volume takes a unique approach to that history: by exploring 100 bottles that have had the biggest impact on the evolution of wine.
Champagne Boxed Book & Map Set: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers, and Terroirs of the Iconic Region
Sterling Publishing NY. Used book in Good Condition. This luxurious box set includes a pullout tray with a complete set of seven vintage vineyard maps by Louis Larmat, a rare and indispensable resource that beautifully documents the region’s terroirs. With extensive grower and vintner profiles, as well as a fascinating look at Champagne’s history and lore, Champagne explores this legendary wine as never before.
Experiment. Winner of the 2018 james beard foundation cookbook award in "reference, scholarship"winner of the 2017 andré Simon Drink Book AwardWinner of the 2018 International Association of Culinary Professionals IACP Cookbook Award for "Wine, Beer & Spirits"From Peter Liem, History, the lauded expert behind the top-rated online resource ChampagneGuide.
Net, comes this groundbreaking guide to the modern wines of Champagne--a region that in recent years has undergone one of the most dramatic transformations in the wine-growing world. Collins Publishers. Wine and war the french the Nazis and the Battle for France s Greatest Treasure.
The Wine Bible
Workman Pub Co. Used book in Good Condition. New to the book are wines of China, Mexico, Japan, and Slovenia. Wine and war the french the Nazis and the Battle for France s Greatest Treasure. Like a lively course from an expert teacher, maps, the Wine Bible grounds the reader deeply in the fundamentals while layering on informative asides, labels, definitions, amusing anecdotes, glossaries, photos all new for this edition, tips, and recommended bottles.
A sheet of ice. Experiment. A great crackling bolt of lightning. Collins Publishers. Karen macneil’s information comes directly through primary research; for this second edition she has tasted more than 10, 000 wines and visited dozens of wine regions around the world. Announcing the completely revised and updated edition of the wine bible, “a guide that has all the answers” Bobby Flay, “Astounding” Thomas Keller, the perennial bestselling wine book praised as “The most informative and entertaining book I’ve ever seen on the subject” Danny Meyer, and “A magnificent masterpiece of wine writing” Kevin Zraly.
And through it all the reader becomes ever more informed—and, elegant, because of the author’s unique voice, always entertained: “In great years Pétrus is ravishing, and rich—Ingrid Bergman in red satin. Or, describing a Riesling: “A laser beam. Sterling Publishing NY.