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Wine Community Applauding the Return of Burglarized Wine from the French Laundry

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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.

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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.

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Premier Restaurant is Robbed of Over $300,000 in Fine Wine

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FrenchLaundryMany wine collectors are scratching their heads at the news that one of the best restaurants in America, the French Laundry, could have been burglarized.  Chef Thomas Keller maintains a staff of over 120 people, and the French Laundry operates nearly round the clock. Despite the high level of security, someone managed to make off with over $300,000 of gems from the French Laundry cellar on Christmas Day, when the restaurant was closed for renovation.  This should be a wakeup call to all collectors since most cellars are even more vulnerable.

In the case of French Laundry, the wine thief had a nose for high-end wine, bypassing hundreds of bottles of lesser vintages to nab the priciest wines in the collection. In the process, the thief made off with 76 bottles including some French Burgundy treasures, Screaming Eagle, and most notably, Domaine de la Romaneé-Conti, which sells for more than $10,000 a bottle internationally.

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Know Your Wine Insurance Coverage

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Knowing what is covered by your wine insurance policy is very important. Some policies do not cover Extremes of Temperature which can put your wine collection at risk. With a policy from InsureYourWine.com you are covered against, Extremes of Temperature, as well as against earthquakes, electrial breakdown and while in transit. Read more about our coverage, here.

We created the below inforgraphic to illustrate some points about wine insurance coverage including some of the most common ways in which a collection is damaged.

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Protect Your Wine Collection from Sewer and Drain Backup

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Wine collections are often stored in basements that can leave them vulnerable to damage from sewer or drain back-ups.

According to the Civil Engineering Research Foundation, incidents of backed up sewers and drains have been increasing annually by 3 percent, making water damage one of the most important events to protect your valuable wine collection from.

Causes of sewer backup can vary from area to area, below are some of the most common causes of sewer backups.

  • Aging Sewer Systems
  • Combined Piplines
  • Blockages Due to Tree Roots
  • Sanitary Main
  • Water Basement

Don’t Worry You’re Covered

Insure Your Wine Coverage protects your wine collection from the backup of sewers and drains making it one of the most comprehensive wine insurance programs in the country.

Insure your wine. Protect your collection. Protect your investment. Learn more about our coverage on our policy coverage page.