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Napa Wines Stolen at Restaurant by Larcenous Connoisseurs

By    |   Wednesday, 31 Dec 2014 08:00 AM

More than 70 bottles of Napa Valley's most expensive wines were stolen in a Christmas Day heist at an exclusive Northern California restaurant.

Thomas Keller's French Laundry restaurant in Yountville was closed over the Christmas holidays for renovation when someone broke into the establishment and targeted its most expensive bottles of wine, including Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and Screaming Eagle, reported KPIX-TV.

The suspects are believed to have had some knowledge of high-end wines because they bypassed cheaper fare to get to as many as 76 bottles of French Burgundy and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, which sells for more than $10,000 per bottle internationally, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Napa County sheriff's department said it believes the suspects will try to sell the bottles to private individuals or even other restaurants, reported KRON-TV.

"It's the Napa Valley, so we're no strangers to thefts of wine but I would have to say in recent memory this is fairly significant," Napa County Sheriff Capt. Doug Pike told KRON-TV.

Dan Dawson, owner of the Napa wine shop Back Room Wines, told the Chronicle the stolen wines would likely only be found in exclusive restaurants with a well-heeled clientele.

"When you get a good Romanée-Conti with some age on it, it doesn't get any better," Dawson told the Chronicle. "They are all really special. The highest-end restaurants are where you would find them. They're very well-known wines."

KPIX-TV reported many of the bottles taken were listed in price from $3,250 to $7,950 a bottle.

"We have complete trust in the authorities leading the investigation, and we welcome any information our community may have regarding the event," stated an Instagram post from the restaurant.

"The French Laundry wine program is, as many of you know, singular and distinct. We look forward to rebuilding our cellar in the meantime and plan to get to the bottom of this disheartening act immediately," said the restaurant's statement.


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