- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Police have urged fine-dining establishments in the San Francisco Bay Area to be on guard against thieves targeting wine that costs as much as $15,000 a bottle.

The latest restaurant targeted over the New Year’s holiday was the internationally esteemed French Laundry in Yountville.

Authorities and wine experts told the San Francisco Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1Kc7pmZ ) that thieves are mainly snatching a specific make of expensive French burgundy.

San Francisco wine dealer Justin Grover told the newspaper that thieves sawed through the metal bars of his store last year to get the Domaine de La Romanee-Conti.

Burglars also hit another upscale restaurant called Plumed Horse, south of San Francisco, last year. Like the French Laundry break-in, criminals left lower-priced bottles and zeroed in on the most expensive wines.

“We had quite a bit of Domaine Romanée-Conti at the time, and they stole every bottle we had,” owner Joshua Weeks said.

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said wine dealers themselves must be on alert against hot bottles of the good stuff showing up for resell.

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