Stolen Wine from Napa’s French Laundry Found 2,700+ Miles Away

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —

More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley, California, restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar in North Carolina.

The wine was stolen on Christmas Day from the French Laundry restaurant, which is rated three stars in the Michelin guide and has twice been named the best in the world by Restaurant Magazine.

Napa County sheriff's Capt. Doug Pike says it's unclear how the 76 bottles of mainly rare French wine ended up in Greensboro. No arrests have been made.

On Monday, Napa County Sheriff's deputies traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina to recover the majority of the stolen wine.

At this time, Napa County officials are not releasing any other information about what lead them to North Carolina.

Pike says the stolen wine included Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a single bottle of which can cost up to $10,000. Winery owners use laser and digital technology on its corks and capsules to curb counterfeiting and theft.

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