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
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It's uncertain whether or not a goof occurs (calling over a character by an actor's name) when John McCann's character - only listed in the credits as 'Officer' - is called over as 'John.' See more
The Tuesday that Enrico Carsini supposedly suffocated while scuba diving was overcast and rainy with a high temp of 48 (as found out by Columbo when he calls the weather bureau. Later in the show a major plot point is that the temp on the next Thursday got up to 109, thus spoiling the wine. A 60 degree temperature jump in two days in that part of California is highly improbable. See more
Would you care for a sip of the wine that made Carsini famous?
Enrico Guiseppe Carsini
I'd rather have some wine that made Carsini rich.
References This Gun for Hire
This Old Man
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