Adrian Carsini is a fanatical wine connoisseur who operates an elite winery on the California coast. When Adrian's indifferent brother, who owns the winery property, threatens to sell it, Adrian bludgeons him in a fit of rage, then binds and places his brother in his air-tight wine vault while he travels to New York to attend a conference. Adrian disposes of the body on his return in such a way as to make his brother's demise look like a scuba diving accident, but Adrian hadn't reckoned on the canny Lieutenant Columbo from LAPD's Homicide Division (a cigar-smoking detective with many fetishes: a constantly referred-to but unseen wife, an old car, and a rumpled raincoat). In his usual patronizing manner, Columbo suspects Carsini almost immediately, befriending him while slyly searching for clues to link Carsini to the killing.
Kevin McCorry <email@example.com> / edited by statmanjeff
7 October 1973 (USA)
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Also Known As:
"Columbo - Wein ist dicker als Blut" (1975)
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Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?
The only... or one of the very, very few... episodes where we see the inside of Columbo's office, which looks more old school Private Eye than the more modern-day, busy police station. See more
When Columbo is talking to the cop standing next to the victim's car he declares that "it must have cost a year's salary". A very expensive sports car like that would have taken several years of a cop's salary to buy. See more
[as his dinner guests are served Ferrier Vintage Port, 1945
Drinks all around.
This Old Man
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