A cautionary tale of wine and avarice

A rare vintage ages in a cellar.

KAI RYSSDAL: If you swing by the store tonight on the way home and plunk down $10 or $15 for a bottle of wine to have with dinner, you can be reasonably sure you'll get what the label says it is. But the risk of getting some fraud along with your wine rises with the price tag.

So imagine the dastardly possibilities with a single bottle that sold for $156,000 -- a 1787 Chateau Laffite that may or may not have belonged to Thomas Jefferson. Ben Wallace tells the story in his new book, "The Billionaire's Vinegar."

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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