French Laundry fleeced of fine wines
Thieves broke into Napa Valley’s famous French Laundry restaurant over Christmas and stole 40 to 50 bottles of high-end wine, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.[mappress mapid=”47″ align=”right” margin=”12″]
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.