And finally… grapes of wrath

And finally... grapes of wrath

Discerning thieves who allegedly stole 45 bottles of wine worth €1.6 million from a high-class restaurant have been arrested after a nine-month hunt.

The couple, who have not been named, were apprehended in Croatia in connection with the lucrative heist from Spanish hotel and restaurant Atrio, The Times reports.

Police believe the woman checked into the hotel using a fake passport and was able to scope out the Michelin-starred restaurant’s wine cellar with her partner after they were offered a tour following their meal.

She later distracted staff while her partner snuck into the wine cellar and filled three backpacks with expensive bottles of wine.

At the time of the heist, José Polo, Atrio’s co-owner and sommelier, told industry website Decanter that he would be willing to “buy back the wine from the robbers, especially the 1806 Château D’Yquem”.

He added: “More than the bottles of wine, they robbed our dreams.”

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