With all of the Barack Obama adoration that has occurred in the past two weeks (or two years), it’s been interesting to learn more and more about the man. We know he’s a massive basketball fan. He loves his Blackberry and the Chicago White Sox. And he loves food – this is why I really like him. I’ve also been curious about what his favorites are (the dude loves chili and hot sauce, he really likes hot sauce). Now comes further word that he is an oenophile. Yup, our president loves to drink wine.
It’s been reported that Barack has 1,000 bottles in his wine cellar at his Hyde Park home in Chicago. 1,000! Clearly, Mr. President loves his wine, but sadly, the contents of his cellar are presently unknown. What is known is how much he enjoys the art of wine; in fact, he is probably the first president in a generation to love the stuff. Plenty of people in the industry are energized by this news. Because he is so influential, many industry folks feel that this can be a boon for the American wine industry and shed light on the quality of our wines. The American Wine Buyer is considered the epicenter of the wine world, and with wine surpassing beer in terms of sales, this could be the moment when wine breaks through it’s snobby veneer to be appreciated by a more mainstream audience. Don’t you think Barack can help wine break through this wall? Yes, we can!
Many people have suggested the types of wines that he should drink. My unbiased opinion is for Barack to partake in the finest wines that the state of Washington can produce. Syrah from Betz Family Winery or Gramercy Cellars, Cabernet Sauvignon from Leonetti or Cayuse, Merlot, Riesling. I could go on and on with our great wines. However, the only domestic wines that have reportedly been served in the White House for lunch and dinner menus have been from California. Washington Wine Industry, you are on notice to get your wines in front of this man. Or this woman. You have at least four years to do it.