French Laundry fleeced of fine wines

Thieves broke into Napa Valley’sĀ famous French Laundry restaurant over Christmas and stole 40 to 50 bottles of high-end wine, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

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The burglary at the restaurant at 6640 Washington St. in Yountville was reported Friday morning when staff discovered someone had forced their way into the wine cellar some time after 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.

The stolen wine was valued in excess of $50,000, sheriff’s officials said. Investigators believe the thieves deliberately targeted high-value wines for potential resale to restaurants and private individuals, according to Napa County sheriff’s Capt. Doug Pike:

“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.”

Sheriff’s officials have released a list of the wines stolen in the hopes that anyone approached by someone offering to sell those particular wines will alert investigators. The wines taken include a number of French vintages and some from Screaming Eagle, a Napa County winery.

Sheriff’s officials have posted a complete list on a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NSOPOPP?ref=ts&fref=ts.