The Bottle Of Wine That Killed Osama Bin Laden

By | December 2, 2019

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Panetta wouldn't let Osama keep him from a very special bottle of wine. (politico)

As Napoleon once said, "In victory, you deserve champagne. In defeat, you need it." That line aptly fits the story of one bottle of 1870 Lafite Rothschild and the demise of one of the most sought-after criminals in the world. You may be wondering what a $10,000 bottle of wine and Osama bin Laden have to do with each other, but they go together like vino and cheese. 

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Ted Balesteri and Leon Panetta. (networthpost)

The Director Of The CIA Walks Into A Bar

Stop us if you've heard this one before. In 2011, CIA director Leon Panetta went to a party at one of California restaurateur Ted Balesteri’s establishments. During the festivities, which included about two dozen guests, Balesteri showed off one of his prized possessions, a 141-year-old bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild.

Naturally, he refused to open it, announcing instead that "if Leon catches Osama bin Laden, we'll open that bottle." Without showing his cards, the CIA director responded "You're on."