|French President Hollande|
|Dining Inside the White House|
|Columbia Valley Cab|
But last week’s offerings were much more palatable, price-wise, with the most expensive vino coming in around $45 - $60 a bottle. And all of the wines served had exceptional wine scores, so quality doesn’t appear to have been compromised, as some have suggested.
|La Proportion Doree|
“La Proportion Doree” from Napa Valley. This Bordeaux-style blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle was crafted by Luc Morlet, who grew up in Avenay-Val d’Or, France as a fourth generation winemaker. Morlet worked for vineyards and wineries in the south of France before moving to the U.S. in 1996. The Bordeaux blend retails between $45 and $60 a bottle and has a 95-point wine rating from Robert Parker. It was served with a winter garden salad of petite radishes and baby carrots on a bed of lettuce with a red wine vinaigrette.
|Blanc de Chardonnay|
White House staff said that all of the wines selected had a connection to France and were selected because of that symbolic gesture, not as a desire to be “cheap.”
|Preparing a White House Meal|
All in all, it is good to see that the White House actually took the initiative to reduce the prices of the wines poured, and found a French connection with each of the vinos, too. While more expensive wines may make some feel that we are treating our foreign guests “royally”, a modest price should not influence the inclusion or exclusion of a wine. Quality should be what matters, and if a quality wine is available for a more reasonable price, then why not serve it?
If a wine can score 90 points or above amid our myriad of wine rating agencies and critics, then why is it not appropriate to serve to heads of state?
Put another way: if this is a quality wine the average American can afford and would buy for a special meal– then why not serve it to the guests of our country, just as we would serve it to the guests in our homes? Then they can experience a true taste of what America drinks!
|White House at Night|