Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Crossings clubhouse (the Walnut Country HOA Clubhouse, 44965 S Larwin Ave, Concord, CA 94521). We’ll be discussing The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, by Benjamin Wallace. Wallace tells the true story of a 1787 Château Lafite Bordeaux, supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson, which sold at auction in 1985 for a record $156,000 amid controversy over its provenance and authenticity. Wallace delves into its history, along with history and observations on wine connoisseurship, fake vintages, Jefferson’s 1787 European tour, and vivid sketches of rich and eccentric wine collectors.
In March we’ll be reading The Sisters Brothers, a novel by Patrick deWitt. Described as “cowboy noir” and “the most original western since the Coen Brothers re-interpreted True Grit,” this darkly comic story is set during the California Gold Rush, chronicling the picaresque misadventures of two hired guns, the fabled Sisters brothers (excerpted from publisher’s blurb). The meeting to discuss the book will be on Tuesday, March 15.