Leon Panetta to celebrate bin Laden mission with 1870 Lafite
October 28th, 2011
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Leon Panetta's New Year's Eve toast will be one that has been 10 years in the making. The Pentagon is confirming that a California restaurateur friend of Panetta's will open a bottle of wine with an estimated value of $10,000-$15,000, and the secretary of defense will be one of several friends toasting Panetta's CIA-run mission to get Osama Bin Laden.

Monterey, California, restaurateur Ted Balestreri made a bet with Panetta while Panetta was CIA director that if he ever "got" bin Laden, Balestreri would open the oldest bottle of wine in his restaurant.

The secretary told his friend "you're on," according to Douglas Wilson, the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs.

The full story: "Panetta friend to uncork 141-year-old wine for successful bin Laden mission"

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  1. montyhp

    I guess panetta's a 1 percenter

    October 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Reply
  2. TX4UREXKARLENE

    Good for him . I'll be celebrating LaRussa's win with a few Bud lights today after most of the chores are done ;-D

    October 29, 2011 at 8:34 am | Reply

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