Revealed: Madoff Drank Lousy Wine

And he hoarded minibar bottles
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2011 3:52 PM CDT
This photo taken Sept. 8, 2009, in New York shows a case of wine in the laundry room of Bernard Madoff's penthouse apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(Newser) – Apparently Bernie Madoff didn’t spend much of his Ponzi loot on wine. US marshals plan to auction off Madoff’s wine collection, and though the estimated $15,000 price tag might sound like a lot to Joe Sixpack, wine experts are scoffing at his taste. “He was clearly not a connoisseur, or a serious wine collector,” one wine auctioneer tells Bloomberg.

“He had some good Bordeaux,” says another wine writer, “but I am surprised that this is all there was. The guy was a gazillionaire.” Just how pedestrian were Madoff’s tastes? Well, one lot in the auction is a collection of 2-ounce bottles of Smirnoff, Bombay Gin, and Grand Marnier that Madoff apparently hoarded out of minibars. “That’s hilarious actually,” the wine auctioneer says. “Who knew that’s what he’d collected?”

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