On December 25th 2014 one of the country’s premiere restaurants, the French Laundry, was burglarized of close to $300,000 in fine wines. At the time of the robbery, the restaurant was empty and the wine cellar alarm had not been set.
Now almost a month later, the cache of fine wines were found some 3,000 miles away in Greensboro, NC.
How the wines got 3,000 miles away still remains a mystery, but if they were transported across the county in non-refrigerated trucks, the chances they were damaged is high.
Red wine should typically be stored and kept at a temperature of 55 degrees. If the temperature of the wine is raised, even for a moderate amount of time, into the high 70s or low 80s it could be damaged beyond the point of a future sale.