Jan 272015

I’m thrilled to read that most of the wines stolen from The French Laundry have been recovered. I’m puzzled, however, about why someone would risk prison time stealing these wines. There are certainly some wines that are worthy, but if Decanter is correct, the wines stolen were mainly last-decade vintages. Now there are probably a couple of La Tache and Grands Echezeaux for which I would risk hard time and, supposedly, a few that actually COULD BE drinkable now, but think about it. Would one REALLY risk being in prison during the prime period to drink the stolen goods? I know, I know, they were stolen to resell, but the same principle applies to the “receiver of the stolen goods.”

So now I have a new project. One of my great wine friends, Ken Anderson, has a bucket list of wines he wants to drink before he dies. I think I’ll start my own bucket list: “Wines I’d go to Leavenworth for”. This begs the question: What wine would YOU do hard time for?

  7 Responses to “What wine would you risk jail for?”

  1. Provocative question, Les. I will have to think on that…

  2. I think I might consider the light, bubbly proseccos but only if they were made in sunny Tuscany AND I could drink them there!! Yeah, might be worth it 😉

  3. 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild, as good as wine can get, period end of conversation, take me to jail.

  4. Sorry. I don’t know one wine from the next, but I enjoy reading about all the ones you talk about. Maybe one day I’ll know more, so for now I’ll stick to my good Ole Grey Goose and keep reading your stuff.

  5. I’ve had that 45 mouton and didn’t even have to go to jail. I’ll stick with that year but make mine Romanee-Conti.

  6. Make mine the 1947 Chateau Cheval-Blanc. It’s been called an otherwordly wine that by all rights shouldn’t have been made.

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