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.
The wine industry applauded the recovery with Simon Lambert, a senior consultant with the Chicago Wine Co., suggesting there may have been good fortune behind the turn of events that led investigators to North Carolina.
To read about the original theft read our blog post.
Read more about the recovery at the San Francisco Gate.
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