News Release: Saturday, January 21st, 2017
About: Wines Served at The White House!
Please join The Asheville School of Wine at Corner Kitchen for a Pairing Dinner with wines that have been served at The White House on Monday, February 20th at 6:30.
Five course dinner with five perfectly paired wines and lots of great stories!
$110 (includes tax and gratuity) for the evening.
Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi
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RECEPTION HORS DOEUVRES
Gougeres with Gruyere
Chicken Liver Pate on Brioche with Apple Crisp
Pistachio Crusted Grapes with Local Chevre
Smoked Salmon Roulade on Pumpernickel Round
Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee, Russian River Valley 2012
Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee, Russian River, 2012
Iron Horse has a long history at The White House. During the Bush Administration in 1985, according to The Washington Post, Iron Horse created its Russian Cuvee expressly for the Summit meetings between The United States and The Soviet Union. Some fifteen years later, the official White House millennium celebration had "champagne flutes filled with Iron Horse clinking to greet the new century." And at the 200th anniversary of The White House on November 1, 2000, Iron Horse was poured for VIP guests including every living president except an ailing Ronald Reagan.
And Iron Horse continues to be a regular at The White House! During the Obama Administration, Iron Horse was served at the State Dinner for India in November of 2009, for a performance with Beyonce, as well as a State Dinner for David Cameron in March of 2012.
We are serving iron Horse Wedding Cuvee. Always popular for a toast at The White House, the Wedding Cuvee has the distinction of being chosen for two important occasions. When newlyweds Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, visited the White house former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush chose Iron Horse Wedding Cuvee as the toasting wine for the State Dinner honoring their visit just as they did when the Pope dropped in on his 2008 visit to the United States.
The winemaker says Iron Horse wedding Cuvee 2012 has a nose is raspberry, mandarin orange peel and nutmeg with a palate presenting stone fruit, pink grapefruit, Tahitian lime, blood orange and raspberry. With a delicate pink hue, Iron Horse calls this wine the "love potion."
Mustard Seed Seared Scallops on Braised Aromatic Vegetables
With Turned Potatoes and Citrus Beurre Blanc
Groth Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 2015
Groth 2005 Sauvignon Blanc
Groth 2005 Sauvignon Blanc was served by President and Mrs. Bush on May 16, 2007 at a dinner in honor of The Right Honorable Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The wine was was chosen, accrding to Daniel Shanks, White House Usher, to pair with the She-Crab Soup with Vermouth for its "pure fruit and crisp structure."
We will be serving Groth 2015 Sauvignon Blanc produced from grapes grown in various Napa Vally microclimates. The warmer microclimates produce grapes that result in wines with a lush, full melon and citrus aroma and flavor. The cooler microclimates present grapes that provide a solid, crisp backbone giving the wine an exciting liveliness that balances the rich creaminess from "sur lie" aging.
In the spirit of the people's house, The White House, Suzanne Groth says this is a "wine of the people." According to Suzanne: "It is grown in a warmer zone of Napa, and picked at optimal ripeness to present lychee, lemon and elegant melon. Then whole cluster pressed to preserve its natural brightness, but sur lie aging mellows the rough edges. The Neutral like Switzerland, French Oak barrels provide that environment of sur lie time, but does not impress any oaky flavor on the wine. The result is a crowd pleaser."
Suzanne also notes that this 2015 is very similar to the vintage poured at The White House. The fruit is from the same vineyard and undergoes the same cellar treatment. "The main difference is the increase in Semillon from 3% to 18%."
Seared Moularde Duck Breast with Butternut Squash Gnocchi,
Arugula, Shaved Apples and Brown Butter Crumble
Ancien Pinot Noir, Carneros 2013
Ancien Pinot Noir Carneros 2013
Ancien Wines, including Ancien Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, have consistently been served at The White House, over 13 times at last count1 But Ancien Wines have also been chosen to represent the United States at other international functions. And this one, Ancien Carneros Pinot Noir 2013 was served during the administration of President Bill Clinton at the 23rd Summit of the Eight at Phipps Mansion in Denver Colorado on Friday, June 20, 1997. Chosen for its versatility and wide appeal, Ancien Pinot Noir was paired with a menu that included lobster, lamb and field greens.
The Summit is an unofficial forum convening to foster cooperation between countries bringing together the richest industrialized countries including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and, for the first time, Russia.
Ancien Pinot Noir Carneros 2013 presents deep, black cherry and blackberry with dark chocolate flavors. The balanced structure overlays a subtle foundation of spice, violets, cola and bright fruit. Only 164 cases produced, this wine is built to last and can go 10 years in bottle. The Connoisseur's Guide awarded 94 points to this wine!
Honey Thyme Glazed Tenderloin of Beef on Crispy Potato Napolean
With Haricot Vert and Smoked Tomato Butter
Beckman Cuvee Le Bec, Santa Ynez Valley 2014
Beekmen Cuvee Le Bec, Santa Ynez Valley, 2014
On Tuesday, November 24th, 2010, Beckmen Grenache was served at a State Dinner hosted by President and Mrs. Obama in honor of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of the Republic of India and Mrs. Gursharan Kaur. Beekmen Grenache, according to White House Usher Daniel Shanks, was chosen to pair with Green Curried Prawns with Salsify and Collard Greens for its "beautiful fruit and elegant grace."
We are serving Cuvee Le Bec, a blend of Grenache from the same vineyard and Syrah. Beekmen says that this may be the BEST vintage of Cuvee Le Bec ever produced. A blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah, the 2014 has "a darker edge with delicious fruit, earth, and spice that are the hallmarks of this wine." Cuvee Le Bec can go 15 to 18 years in the bottle!
But, as with all wines, the story is everything! Jeff Beckmen shared with me the story of how Beekmen wines came to be at The White House. According to Jeff, the family was watching football when the phone rang. Jeff's dad picked up the phone and a few minutes into the call asked Jeff's daughter to bring him a pen and paper. OK. Seems like standard operating procedure. Jeff hears his dad ask for the shipping address and how the caller will pay. OK. Still nothing unusual here. When the call ends, Jeff says who was on the phone? "That was The White House," Jeff's dad says, "They ordered 10 cases of Grenache." WOW!
But how did The White House come to call Beekmen? "Because," Jeff says, "President Obama knew a chef in Chicago and had called him in to plan the meal for the State Dinner planned for the Prime Minister of India and he, the chef, was a fan of Beekmen Grenache." Two degrees of separation. Jeff says that The White House has has called for Beekmen wines again for other events. And so the story goes on!
But the outside the dinner story may be, Jeff says, "the real story." Remember the State Dinner that was crashed by the reality star from The House wives of Washington DC and her husband, the Salahis! The couple who managed to pass through layers of security and then proceeded to walk the receiving line shaking hands with President Obama! That was THIS dinner!
Lemon Bisque with Raspberry Champagne Drizzle, Candied
Orange Peel and Graham Cracker Crisp
Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc, North Coast 2013
Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc, North Coast, 2013
Blanc de Blanc was the first wine Schramsberg produced in 1965 and was America's first commercially produced Chardonnay based brut sparkling wine. Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc gained international recognition in 1972 when President Nixon served the wine at the historic "Toast to Peace" in Beijing, China. Schramsberg Sparkling Wine has been served at official state dinners ever since that time.
Schramsberg Tasting Notes: "The 2013 Blanc de Blanc has bright and fresh aromas of grapefruit, mango, apricot, lemon, and white peach. The fruitful fragance intermingles with hints of fresh bread, vanilla cream pie, and rose petals. Freshly sliced Gravenstein apples, zesty citrus and bright pineapple flavors carry vibrant length on the palate. With its vibrant, fruitful and crisp nature, this sparkling wine will maintain its freshness, structure and refined finish for many years, even decades following its initial release."