After Barack Obama is sworn into office on Tuesday, he will be sitting down to lunch with a couple of delightful California wines. The official menu lists the first course wine as the 2007 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, and the second course features a Pinot Noir from Duckhorn’s second label, Goldeneye in Anderson Valley. Duckhorn’s Sauvignon Blanc has long been a favorite—it’s a little spicy thanks to some time in oak, which you’ll either love or hate. I love. The Goldenye Pinot is pure California in style with extracted, black cherry fruit. Should be delish with the duck and cherry reduction.
But Korbell for dessert? For my money (a meager amount of which found its way to the Obama campaign), I would have liked to see this historic event marked by an equally historic sparkling wine: Schramsberg from Napa Valley. Not only is it my favorite domestic sparkler, but it has a rich political history. It was the first American wine to travel to China in 1972; it has since been served at state dinners at the White House for Queen Elizabeth II, Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, Prince Charles and Princess Diana, President Fox of Mexico, King Juan Carlos of Spain, and Prime Minister Suzuki of Japan. So why not the Schramsberg Crémant Demi-Sec on Tuesday? A lovely dessert bubbly, it’s creamy and slightly sweet, with a bit of spice and luscious apricot flavors. It’s the kind of wine that makes you proud to be an American. And come Tuesday, I can’t think of anything sweeter to have in my glass when I toast to President Obama!