Napa Valley's French Laundry wine recovered in North Carolina

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French Laundry, Yountville, Napa ValleyWhere 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.

screaming eagleA 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

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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Curtis Van Carter I still have to believe this heist was an inside job, because the alarm system was turned off mysteriously on that evening of the burglary. Your thoughts?

Jan 25, 2015 01:05 AM #1
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Curtis,  Wow that far away.  Sandy and Norm have a good point, it could of been a inside job.  Hope you are have a relaxing day plan.

Jan 25, 2015 01:11 AM #2
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Curtis, I guess when there are items of high value and demand the crooks will find a way to steal them ... and the detectives will find a way to find them.

That is some pricey wine ... way to rich for my blood

Jan 25, 2015 01:34 AM #3
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


That's the story going around here and being reported by some of the news. It was too darn easy wasn't it, cheers cvc

Jan 25, 2015 01:51 AM #4
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