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.
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