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Jan 21

Inauguration Libation

George Bush wasn't exactly a fan of fine wine, and his staff tended to serve the wrong (read: super expensive) wine at the wrong time (read: economic collapse). The Obamas, on the other hand, enjoy a nice glass of wine. In fact, their Chicago home reportedly has a wine cellar that holds up to 1,000 bottles.

According to Forbes, the Inaugural Luncheon served a 2007 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc (est $30) and a 2005 Goldeneye Pinot Noir (est $50). Duckhorn is also responsible for Goldeneye.


The one that surprised me, however, was a NV Korbel Natural Sparkling Wine (est $14). Really, I think they could have stretched their wings a little on that sparkler. Even staying domestic, they could have gone for a reasonably priced Chandon, Domaine Carneros, or Gloria Ferrer and still easily stayed under $50 a bottle. Personally, I don't like to skimp on my bubbly.

Thanks to the economy, sales of wine are dropping like flies. Obviously, Kevin & I can't support the wine-economy alone. But the wine industry is hoping that having wine drinkers in the White House will make a positive impresssion on those of you hesitant to spend your money on wine.

"I can't help but think that after eight years of no wine drinkers in
the White House that (Obama) will have a felicitous effect on
Americans' drinking habits," John Gillespie, head of the Wine Market
Council, told the 2009 Wine Market Council Research Conference in New


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