$300,000 in top-shelf wine stolen from famed Napa Valley restaurant found in North Carolina

Associated Press

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 Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/1EBrXkQ ) that 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.

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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.

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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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com