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The Greatest Wine Hoax of All Time

Visit Slate for a sour tale of wine fraud, defamation and a best-selling book called The Billionaire’s Vinegar. Michael Broadbent, a British wine expert, who has collected around 100,000 tasting notes for wines (some centuries old) over his six decade career, is suing the author of the book, which he alleges depicts him as being complicit in a wine hoax. The book, described as a ‘gripping whodunit’ is about the auction, in the 1980s, of three bottles of what were said to be Thomas Jefferson’s wines, which were sold by Broadbent, the then head of Christie’s wine department. The article goes on to wonder if the publicity from the lawsuit might be more damaging to Broadbent then the alleged defamation.

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