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. Written by
Kevin McCorry <email@example.com> / edited by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
whistles 'This Old Man' whilst on the telephone (an element he improvised). This was subsequently adopted as his character's theme tune. See more
The wine that Carsini and Columbo drink at the conclusion is a white dessert wine. No white dessert wines are ever marketed in a fiaschi or straw-covered bottle. See more
Do we really need it, Mr. Carsini?
Nobody really needs a $5000 bottle of wine, Karen. I just don't want anybody else to have it.
References This Gun for Hire
This Old Man
English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk See more