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Wine stolen from Michelin-starred California restaurant recovered

About 80 bottles of premium wine reported to be worth up to $300,000 that were stolen from the Michelin-starred French Laundry restaurant in Northern California have been recovered across the country, police said on Friday.

The wine was taken from the restaurant in Yountville in December after the establishment was closed for remodeling, Napa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Captain Doug Pike said.

Napa County, widely known for its wine, sees a few cases of theft of the beverage every year. French Laundry is one of the most famous restaurants in the United States, and one of just over 100 in the world that have a three-star distinction from Michelin.

Some of the roughly 80 bottles taken were from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, a French wine estate considered among the best in the world. Individual bottles were worth more than $6,000, and altogether the loot had a value conservatively estimated at $50,000, Pike said.

The Los Angeles Times put the value of the wine at about $300,000.

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