The White House was ultra-secretive about which wines would be served at Wednesday’s state dinner honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron. The administration had also kept private the wine list for a state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel last June.
This was strange, since presidents have traditionally used such events to promote American vineyards. The speculation was that, after President Obama took flak for serving pricey vintages at a state dinner in January 2011 for Chinese President Hu Jintao, the White House clammed up. Profiles in courage, these guys.
As it turns out, one of the guests at the dinner was Eric LeVine, founder of Cellar Tracker, a wine website. His wife is Suzi LeVine, a big-time Obama bundler. On his blog he listed the bottles the White House served, which included:
- A 2009 Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille, Sonoma County, California (average price $97 for 750ml on wine-searcher.com)
- A 2008 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley, Washington (average price $97 for 750ml on wine-searcher.com)
- An Iron Horse Vineyards sparkling wine, Sonoma County, California
LeVine also reports the menu for the day: Here.