California wines for Obama’s inauguration – and thoughts about wine at the White House

I have to say that Americans sure know how to throw a big party. Case in point, Barack Obama’s inauguration, which is drawing an incredible line-up of artists over these few days, and millions of people in tow, to witness this historic occasion.

It may be presumed that, at some of these functions, wine will be served.

Actually, it is certain that wine will be served, including three California wines at the Inaugural Luncheon, served for the new president, the vice-president, their wives, and 200 other members of Washington’s who’s who, in the Hall of the Capitol.

In honor of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, (more…)

Tasting Note: Château Chasse-Spleen 2005 white

I’ve had a lot of fun drinking well-cellared vintages of Chateau Chasse-Spleen’s relatively little known white, over the years. I remember a 1997, opened two or three years ago, and a 2000, opened last year, that had rich aromas, a nice golden color, with all the fun needed to chase away the “spleen” (the Beaudelaire version of the blues). Great value, since it comes with a very reasonable price tag (that holds true for the red third growth as well, in these times of overinflated Growths).

And ageing may well be key to seeing what this Claire Villars property can produce on the paler front. The 2005 I drank yesterday and today (more…)