Where would you think the recently stolen French Laundry would be. My first two thoughts Asian or Europe. Nope, the bulk of the wine has been recovered in of all places, North Carolina.
After weeks of investigation, three local detectives flew to Greensboro, North Carolina, on Monday where they recovered the wine bottles. They back to Cathe Napa Valley with the wine on Wednesday night. No arrests have been made.
From The Napa Valley Register story about this
Because these French wines are so pricey, every bottle has a unique serial number on its labels.
The corks and capsules also have markings only visible through ultra-violet light to prevent counterfeits, according to Daniels.
After the heist at The French Laundry was reported, Wilson Daniels distributed the identification numbers of the pilfered bottles to auction houses around the world and to a network of individuals associated with the wine, including distributors, Daniels said.
A similar incident occurred at the restaurant REDD in Yountville in early January 2014 when one or more unknown suspects broke into the restaurant during its annual closure after the holidays. The restaurant lost 24 bottles worth $30,000, said REDD representative Nancy Irving. The break-in was reported Jan. 14, 2014.
Here are the French Laundry’s price for a bottle of a few of the bottle of wine stolen. For a complete list taken, see my recent post, The price for a great bottle of wine at a Napa Valley restaurant, ask the French Laundry.
$3,500 1 bottle Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
$3,250 1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée St. Vivant” 2009
$3,500 1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Romanée St. Vivant” 2010
$5,750 1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 1988
$4,500 1 bottle Domaine de la Romanée-Conti “Richebourg” 2009