Lunch at the White House: wines on the table

by Eve Resnick on January 20, 2009

in General

Today, the world is looking to Washington DC and the inauguration of the new American President. As a wine marketer and writer, I was curious about the menu and the wines served to the new President. First fact: no Kenyan dish on the menu, as it was decided upon a few months ago and should have fitted Senator Mc Cain, if elected. Second fact: Wines and menu are 100% American.

What will Mr. Obama and his 230 guests find in their plates? The luncheon will open with a stew of sea scallops, shrimp, lobster and black cod in a cream sauce, baked in a terrine covered with a puff pastry. It will be followed by a medley of asparagus, carrots, brussels sprouts and wax beans, to accompany duck and pheasant. For dessert, the guests will enjoy this American culinary archetype, a cinnamon apple sponge cake.

And what for drinks? All wines are from California: 2007 Sauvignon Blanc from Duckhorn Vineyards, 2005 Pinot Noir from Goldeneye Winery in Anderson Valley and a sparkling white wine from Korbel vineyards. Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are very classic varietals faring relatively well on the selected dishes. It is interesting to note that Duckhorn and Goldeneye are the same company!

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