Thieves Grab $300K in Wine From Famed Restaurant

Renowned California restaurant 'The French Laundry' is hit
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2014 6:49 PM CST
Thieves Grab $300K in Wine From Restaurant
This 2006 photo show the French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Burglars who knew their wine made off with nearly 80 bottles from a high-end California restaurant. How high-end? Figure at least $300,000 worth of vino, reports the Los Angeles Times. The break-in occurred Christmas Day at the Michelin-starred French Laundry in the Napa region, and some of the bottles taken—specifically those from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti—are worth around $15,000.

Chef and proprietor Thomas Keller asked the wine community via Twitter to keep an eye out for the stolen bottles. The restaurant had closed the previous night ahead of a renovation that's expected to take about six months, and thieves simply jimmied open the door to the wine room to collect their loot. You can see the full list of the 76 bottles stolen at the San Francisco Chronicle's Inside Scoop blog. (More French Laundry stories.)

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