DARIEN - The heating system in a wine shop reached an astonishing temperature overnight Sunday, forcing the owner to throw out his entire inventory.

Peter Troilo, owner of Nicholas Roberts Fine Wine on Post Road, says a faulty thermostat caused the heat to rise to at least 96 degrees. He adds that the extreme heat caused chemical reactions to the beer, wine and champagne in stock.

Troilo and sales manager Andrew Brown say they must get rid of close to $100,000 worth of liquor and beer.