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Sip of rare wine is Panetta's reward for bin Laden

Friendly wager: Calif. restaurateur uncorks rare wine to honor Panetta for bin Laden capture By The Associated Press

MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) ' California restaurateur Ted Balestreri will think twice the next time he makes a bet with old friend and Pentagon chief Leon Panetta.

Last year, Balestreri joked at his New Year's Eve party that he would uncork a rare $10,000 bottle of wine, "If Leon catches Osama bin Laden."

Balestreri recalls Panetta declaring, "You're on!"

Balestreri tells The Monterey Herald he was joking and would often tease his friend of 30 years that he couldn't even find his golf balls.

Balestreri plans to uncork the 1870 Chateau Lafite Rothschild this New Year's Eve in Panetta's honor. Leon Panetta's wife, Sylvia, says if the couple's schedule allows, they're in for a sip.

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