This Is What A $10,000 Bottle Of Wine Had To Do With Osama Bin Laden's Death

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At the end of every major political development, there’s a group of wealthy guys cracking open a bottle of $10,000 wine, right? Yup. Turns out that the CIA’s director may have had such a bottle on his mind when he helped oversee theĀ assassinationĀ of Osama bin Laden. Say what?

The LA Times reports that then-CIA director Leon Panetta had made a bet with a California restaurant owner. If Osama got killed, Panetta would get a sip of a $10,000 bottle of wine: Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1870. The restaurant owner swore he wouldn’t open the bottle until Panetta saw to it that bin Laden was dead. Which seemed like it was never going to happen. It was a “joke,” the restaurant owner told Panetta. It would never happen.

And then it did.

And so it was. Panetta picked up the phone, told his friend to tune into CNN, and there it was: Osama’s dead. Pending Panetta’s availability, the pair (and some very lucky guests) will get to indulge in a few sips of some $10,000 fermented grapes.

Lesson learned: don’t joke about $10,000 wine.

This post originally appeared on Mogulite.

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