All the television news outlets have been buzzing over President Bush’s first-ever white-tie state dinner, which was held at the White House last night. The event was in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, who was making her visit to the United States since 1991.
When the U.S. Department of State unveiled the lavish dinner menu, a couple things jumped out at us. First, Calistoga’s Peter Michael Winery supplied its 2003 Les Pavots Red Bordeaux blend for the meal. Here’s an excerpt from the tasting notes:
Saturated ruby color with a nuance of purple, the 2003 Les Pavots reveals a gorgeous and intense bouquet of red cherry, blackcurrant, blueberry and blackberry, which are interspersed with nuances of cedar, tobacco (cigar box), graphite, lavender and sweet vanilla. Very rich and full-bodied, this wine offers the same ripe fruit impressions on the palate.
Peter Michael Winery was built in the valley in 1982 and focuses on producing a small number of handcrafted wines from ‘mountain vineyards’. It should come as no surprise that a Peter Michael wine was selected for the state dinner honoring Queen Elizabeth. After all, the winery’s founder, Sir Peter Michael, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1989 in recognition of the economic prosperity spawned by his work, both in industry and government.
It also appears Calistoga’s Schramsberg Vineyards provided the dessert wine for the event–serving up its Brut RoseÃƒÅ’Ã‚Â 2004.
We’re still waiting on the reviews from Her Majesty and the President…