A Cellar Fit for a Queen

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Props to the British government:  its wine cellar reportedly holds bottles valued in excess of $1.3M from the likes of Chateaux Lafite, Margaux, and Mouton Rothschild.  The wines are apparently at the disposal of the British foreign services department during lavish state banquets.  Although officials assure the British public that all these beauties were purchased at below market rates, many are calling for a complete divestment in light of crushing budget deficits. ...

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Bordeaux, or no?

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“The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing.  If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.”  – Groucho Marx In the article Wine Scams: A Counterfeiter Confesses, wine writer Lettie Teague (Food & Wine magazine, October 2008 issue) attempts to pull a fast one on her friends (and industry colleagues) by concocting a 100-point first-growth Bordeaux for a special tasting.  Teague settles on faking a 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild and asks Chris...

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