Aug 29, 2014
The Billionaire's Vinegar, by Benjamin Wallace
A nonfiction bestseller from a few years ago, "The Billionaire's Vinegar" is just as interesting a read as I've heard it was. Wallace details for us the growth of the rare and antique wine market, and the parallel rise of wine forgery. Living in wine country, it's a particularly apt book to read, and I certainly recognized some names. Even without that connection, though, it's a fantastically readable piece of investigative journalism. Wallace is a deft writer, and knows how to slowly reveal the bud of truth from the petals adorning and obscuring it. Will I ever have a need to be wary of the fake-riddled rare wine market? Almost certainly not, but that doesn't stop this book from being a delicious little mystery and expose, and I quite enjoyed reading it.