Wine Report from the Fort
President Washington: George Washington was not only first in the hearts of his countrymen, he was also the first president to plant a vineyard … 2,000 vines went into the ground in 1786. Later, with others, he hired an Italian winegrower to bring in Italian vines and make Italian-style wines. To hoist a toast to our first president, use this wine, also made from Italian varietals grown in the United States:
President James K. Polk would have
enjoyed the Ports made by Deaver
Vineyards in the Sierra foothills
• Bargetto Winery Santa Cruz Mountains “La Vita” (red blend) 2004, $60
President Jefferson: Thomas Jefferson had planted some Chardonnay grapes in his Monticello vineyard. When in Burgundy in 1787, he noted the high quality of white wine from the Chardonnay vines there. So toast to Jefferson with a Chardonnay like this:
• Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay 2007, $11.50
President Eisenhower: At a White House dinner on February 24, 1955, Dwight D. Eisenhower served a pink wine with broiled sirloin steaks and sautéed mushrooms.
Also, Mamie Dowd Eisenhower served pink wine at the annual White House Cabinet ladies’ luncheon and also at a luncheon honoring Indira Ghandi of India. So toast the Eisenhowers with a pink wine like this:
• Pedroncelli Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Dry Rosé of Zinfandel 2009, $10
President Reagan: While in the White House, Ronald Reagan served a Schramsberg sparkling wine. So toast to Reagan with any Schramsberg sparkler like this:
• J. Schram Schramsberg North Coast 2001, $100
President Obama: Barack Obama served this Riesling with red lentil soup and fresh cheese. So toast Obama with:
• Brooks Winery Willamette Valley “Ara” Riesling 2007, $20
Did you know?
Seating is limited, but learning isn’t …
A final wine smile
Credits: Edgar Vogt (tastings); Ophelia Mercado (statistics)
Fred McMillin was voted one of the best wine writers in the United States by the Academy of Wine Communications. Phone him with questions at 415-563-5712 or fax him at 415-567-4468.