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white house wines revealed!

we know what michelle wore (marchesa), we don’t know what she drank

OK so they’re just the past wines, but after I did Wednesday’s post a bunch of people kept telling me what wines have been served in the White House recently. So I thought grapefriend could be the one to give them some love!

Also, I was reading this Fashionista post about this week’s state dinner for UK prime minister David Cameron and his wife – I mean, could you imagine if the White House was like, “We’re not telling you what Michelle’s wearing?” But they think they can just steamroll right over grapefriends??? Well, no longer!

Here are just a few of the wines that have been served in this administration. I haven’t had them all, but you gotta trust they’re pretty damn good. Also, couldn’t always find the exact years anymore for some of them so prices may vary for different vintages. But so many of them are affordable – what a shame to not be able to give them some publicity. If the White House is just scared of flack for expensive wines, don’t serve them!

Indian dinner

2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Modus Operandi, Napa Valley, California, $33

2006 Riesling, Brooks “Ara”, Wilamette Valley, Oregon, $25

2007 Grenache, Beckmen Vineyards, Santa Ynez, California, $30

Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, Virginia, $30

Mexican dinner (theme, apparently, was California wines with ties to Mexico):

Paul Hobbs “Ulises Valdez” Chardonnay 2007 Russian River, $70

Herrera Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 “Selección Rebecca”, $125

Mumm Napa “Carlos Santana Brut” N/V, $25 – Napa Valley sparkling wine that’s a special bottling with limited availability made in collaboration with Carlos Santana

Chinese dinner (aka “BottleGate”):

Dumol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008, start around $50

Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005, $400 now but new releases are closer to $200

Poet’s Leap Riesling “Botrytis” 2008, $41 for a half-bottle

Other wines poured at the White House

Dr. Konstantin Frank – possibly poured for the German dinner

Paumanok late harvest Sauvignon Blanc, North Fork, Long Island

Archery Summit, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hill, Oregon

Woodward Canyon 2009 Chardonnay, Lowden, Washington

Pfeiffer Winery Pinot Noir (served at the Inaugural dinner)

Anyone know any others?

BREAKING: The UK state dinner wines have been leaked!

2009 Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille (about $80) USA, California, Sonoma County, Knights Valley

2008 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon (about $65) USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley

2007 Iron Horse Vineyards Russian Cuvée (about $30) USA, California, Sonoma County, Green Valley

Check it all out here.

Also, they sound a hell of a lot better than what they’re pouring at 10 Downing! Villa Maria? Seriously???


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