Wines made in a presidential style
With a new year and a new president on the horizon, try some of these celebratory wines that are worthy of any head of state.
Wine, Mr. President? Not all presidents of the United States have indulged in wine. However, President-Elect Barack Obama judiciously partakes equally in cocktails, beer and wine. When he visits his favorite upscale Mexican restaurant in Chicago called Topolobampo (owned by Oklahoma City native Rick Bayless), he has a single margarita with dinner. Obama was even a founding member of a wine and cheese club earlier in his career.
A few other interesting tidbits about past presidents and wine:
Thomas Jefferson, a great wine lover, built extensive wine cellars under the White House and bought more than 20,000 bottles of European wine for it.
Jimmy Carter banned hard liquor in the White House but did serve wine at state dinners.
Bill Clinton vowed to try to get Chinese rice wine, known as sake, into the White House if a Democrat was elected into office following him.
For a wine to be considered worthy of passing a president’s lips, it must be more than just a little stately. It also must convincingly pass the popular vote and exude power, structure and be of very high quality. Here are a few wines made in the presidential caliber. With the start of the new year and the commencement of a new president’s term, there’s reason for celebration.
My Pal My Wine: Copain 2007 “Tous Ensemble”
Viognier, Mendocino County, Calif. — $22.49
This wine’s aromas burst aggressively through your nasal cavity with beautiful scents of white flowers, peaches, apricots and lemon drop candy. On the palate, it is smooth and silky yet refreshing. And it’s anything but chardonnay.
A Champagne Toast: Pol Roger French Brut NV Champagne — $59.49
When it’s time to celebrate or to splurge, opt for the best of the best. It’s a mouthful of crisp apple, pear and biscuit flavors that cannot be duplicated. Bring on the new president and the new year.
Meritage Rhymes with Heritage: St. Supéry “Élu” 2004 Meritage wine, Napa Valley, Calif. — $54.99 This Meritage wine comprises mainly cabernet sauvignon, followed by merlot, Petit Verdot, cabernet franc and Malbec, and is referred to as a “Bordeaux blend.” “Elu” means “elected,” and there are few better wines to exemplify noble quality, sophistication and complexity. The ripe, smoky blackcurrant fruit flavors are matched up with moderate oak tannins that deliver a wine with backbone and a long finish. Salute!