In a bizarre case of wine theft, an assistant to a Goldman Sachs executive stole over $1 million worth of rare wines from his boss.  The stolen wine included seven bottles of rare Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, for which his boss had paid $133,450.  The thief sold the stolen wine to a wine liquidator and used his profits to fund a round-the-world trip to Rome, Casablanca, Marrakesh, Rio, Ipanema, and Zurich.  A Napa Valley wine dealer got curious about the rare wines and traced them back to their original owner.  When the thief returned to the United States, he was arrested at the airport.  On the day he was due to plead guilty to the theft in New York, the thief booked a 33rd floor room at the Carlyle Hotel in New York, jumped from the window, and died after hitting the balcony of a room 18 floors below.  To read details of the theft, the curious wine dealer who discovered the theft, and the suicide, see the fascinating article in today’s Daily Beast.

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