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Christie’s Broadbent Sues Book Publisher

Jacob Gaffney
Issue: November 15, 2009

British wine critic Michael Broadbent has sued Random House, publishers of The Billionaire’s Vinegar by Benjamin Wallace, a book that explores the tangled story of the so-called Jefferson Bordeaux. The wines, sold by German dealer Hardy Rodenstock, were supposedly ordered for Thomas Jefferson in the 18th century. As head of Christie’s wine-auction department until 1992, Broadbent sold some of the Rodenstock wines. He is suing Random House for libel and defamation over the way he is portrayed in the book.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands October 27, 2009.

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