Two men have been charged in the 2014 theft of incredibly rare and expensive bottles of wine from Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin-starred California restaurant, The French Laundry.
Alfred Georgis and Davis Kiryakoz have been arrested and charged for one count of conspiracy to transport stolen goods and two counts of transportation of stolen goods in federal court. The goods they are accused of stealing are 70 bottles of wine from The French Laundry and 39 bottles from Alexander’s Steakhouse.
The thieves had incredibly good taste, taking an estimated $300,000 worth of wine from The French Laundry when the restaurant was closed on Christmas Day in 2014 for renovations. Among the wines stolen were bottles of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and Screaming Eagle cabernet.
Thankfully, most of this wine was recovered in Greensboro, North Carolina in January 2015 and returned to the restaurant. So if you’re planning on dining out there, you can still enjoy a nice bottle of $20,000 wine with your dinner. Just make sure to pay for it.