Defense Secretary Panetta tastes rare wine as reward for Osama bin Laden raid.

Image: During a Panetta dinner party in early November,…


During a Panetta dinner party in early November, California restaurateur Ted Balestreri made good on his bet to open a rare, $10,000 bottle of 1870 Chateau Lafite Rothschild in honor of the successful raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan. Last year at Balestreri’s annual New Year’s Eve party, he told Panetta he’d uncork the bottle “if Leon catches Osama bin Laden.”

Panetta chose to share his reward with several dozen friends. But even though the expansive guest list meant that each person got just a taste, they each took their sip in a souvenir shot glass.

“Each person enjoyed a taste of the wine from a shot glass marked with the CIA logo, which they were able to take home to remember the occasion,” Pentagon press secretary George Little said.

Source: The Associated Press

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  • Jim

    I’d rather drink a Miller High Life with the guys that actually got their hands dirty.

  • LtCol.JamesP Mueller

    It’s UNAMERICAN!!!!!! Wine? A bottle of beer maybe but wine? Seriously though,i think,in a way, it’s sick that those celebrating are not even warriors.

  • Awlhattin O’Kaddle

    I wouldn’t mind having a few of those shot glasses.

  • Patrick

    I wonder how many of those “frieds” were the operators who were actually involed in the operation that brought OBL to justice?

    Just saying…

  • Lita

    Nice! & ConGratz!… I would have enjoyed that “taste” as well. CHEERS!! 🙂