Buckingham Palace pours the good stuff for Obama

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Even with word of cutbacks in the wines poured at British state events, the Queen offered some choice wines for President Obama and guest this week: 2004 William Fevre, Les Clos, Grand Cru Chablis; 1990 Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Echezeaux; and a 1963 port. Just a tad better than the selections at the White House!

However, perhaps in a nod to the White House, which only serves domestic wines, Buckingham Palace also uncorked an English sparkling wine, the 2004 Cuvee Merret Fitzrovia Rosé from Ridgeview in Sussex. The Palace served a 2002 Veuve Clicquot, cuvée “Rich” (how blingy!), with 28 g/l dosage.

In other news from the “Leaders and Liters” desk, Christine Lagarde is a teetotaler.

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8 Responses to “Buckingham Palace pours the good stuff for Obama”


  1. Note that Obama, just like Reagan, doesn’t know how to hold a wine glass. And, as with the Reagan faux pas, the Queen and Prince diplomatically follow Obama’s, err, example and do the same. With all the money and supposed know-how available to a President (who is supposed to be a smart guy himself) why can’t they get their basic table manners down? The First Lady does the same thing, by the way. Guess we’ll always be a bunch of hillbillies.


  2. Hi Wino,

    I saw the video and know that the toast was a little awkward because the music started too early. As a result, I’ll give him a pass on this glass posture until further evidence surfaces…


  3. Btw, I just saw the wine offerings from the following evening when the Obamas hosted the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at the US Ambassador’s residence. They were:

    * Kistler, Hudson Vineyard, Chardonnay, 2006

    * Stags Leap, Fay Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, 20007

    * Iron Horse, Russian River Cuvee, 2005

    I guess the all-American wine selections continue abroad and not just at the White House.

    But, really, whose idea is this to keep serving sparkling wine with dessert (pecan pie and brandy ice cream in this case) at state functions?


  4. Kistler is cool but Stags Leap? They must have bought it on close-out as that’s the only way it gets sold over here. Must be the economy.


  5. I would like to have tasted some of the wine, but the company I could do without.


  6. And no German Wine served ???? What a let down … ;-)))


  7. Sparkling wine with dessert can work very well.


  8. […] what was the nasty wine? Well, digging through our “Leaders and Liters” series, we can inform the vintelligentsia that it was the 2004 Domaine William Fevre, […]


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