12/14/2009

Obama's Favorite Wine...

Posted by The Wine Whore |


.... is Kendall Jackson Chard?!?

A mix of jokes, emotions, and reactions came rushing into my head when I read this on friend and fellow wine blogger Kate Drinks Wine.

Before I give you my opinion on this one, I figured why not open it up for discussion. What do YOU think of our president's taste in vino?



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31 comments:

Spazz said...

Smart move. A bottle more expensive than KJ and he's labeled "elitist" and "extravagant". Any cheaper and he opens himself up for all the Ripple and Night Train jokes. That being said, I'd love to know what he drinks when no one's looking. I bet it ain't KJ.

The Wine Whore said...

Great point! It has to be hard to pick a "favorite" wine as the President... so let's have some fun here:

What bottle of wine do you think is REALLY his favorite?

GO!

Rachel said...

Maybe he buys it at the same store where he gets his Bud Light. I'm not judging him, I buy $8 jugs wine and like it.

Jim Alexander said...

I thought his favorite whine was "....my administration inherited the mess"..... Oh, you said WINE. My bad.

Anonymous said...

As a South African I am proud that President O enjoys our fine bubbly having served it on more than one occasion. Apparently he and the first lady fell in love with Graham Beck NV Brut at their favourite Chicago Restaurant.

The French do Champagne, what we do is better!

Regards
Dionysus

The Wine Whore said...

You can't beat the convenience factor of being able to pick up some wine and beer while shopping for groceries! Those $8 jugs work perfectly too for making your excellent "sticky chickie" :)

Jim, I think that sounds more like a Merlot than a Chardonnay! :) What do you think?

I didn't know that Dionysus! South African wine is really producing some stars! What's your favorite South African red?

tampawinewoman said...

Although I am bored with the President's selection of the KJ Chard - it is painfully and stereotypically American. I've worked in the restaurant and wine industry for a few years now. You should see the looks you get when someone proudly orders the KJ and you inform them that you don't carry that particular selection. The phrase if "looks could kill" was invented for the "no KJ situation." its not that I dislike the KJ - let's just admit that there are other wines out there.

However, I greatly applaud his selection of the Graham Beck NV Brut. This is a great sparkler and breaks the stereotype. I think a somewhat redeeming selection.

Anonymous said...

With his background as a community orginizer, aka, shakedown artist, I think his prefered wine is Ripple or Thunderbird!

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Don't underestimate the power of the KJ! :)

It's funny because I know several people that would seriously kick someone's ass for talking smack about KJ Chard... I won't dare miss with Mr. Jackson on this one. I would argue that he's the Chuck Norris of white wine!

Tampawinewoman, which wine would you pick as your favorite if you were Obama?

Anonymous, are those even types of wine? :)

Richard Auffrey said...

Obama recently asked Kendall Jackson to support his idea for a surge, and produce 30,000 more cases of the Chardonnay. :)

I actually think he prefers beer to wine.

The Wine Whore said...

You know, I think you are right!

How about sake? What type of sake (if any) do you think Obama would drink?

sam klingberg said...

@anonymous love graham beck too, really great wines.

I honestly see him as a Burgundian kinda guy. I see him secretly sipping a DRC '99 back in the Oval Office.

Nixon was the best wine prez though, secretly drinking margaux while you serve everyone else bourgeois bordeaux, that's a tricky dick for ya.

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! That is one tricky Dick! :)

I kinda like the idea of him being a Burgundian kinda guy! Hmm, KJ makes a Pinot, right?!

Anonymous said...

This was actually already publicized when they first moved into the white house. Apparantly what they drink at home for some time now. In any case, anythuing that helps open up the af-am market is OK with me.

Richard Auffrey said...

Obama would probably be drinking hot sake, thinking it is the drink of the people

Kate said...

First, thanks for the shout out!

If anyone is on Facebook, I saw the blurb about Obama's favorite wine on "Wine Searcher" fan page. Going to the page now, there are couple posts about the blurb, but can't find the blurb. (Maybe they took it down due to rude comments?)

Regardless, if it is indeed one of his "favorite" wines, then he is appealing to the masses during this time in American politics. I don't blame him...could you imagine the spectacle if he came out and said his favorite wine was a a couple hundred dollar bordeaux? It would be the "Freedom Fries" riot all over again!

It also got me thinking...maybe he is more of a beer drinker...but then again, he did have the Bud Light, right?

What I would pay to see his cellar...

But in the end, to each their own, right?

Anonymous said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripple_(wine)Ripple and Thunderbird are wines, see link

From Wkipedia

Thunderbird (The American Classic, which also has four songs named after it by The Gories, Townes Van Zandt[1] and another by Seasick Steve, and another by Eleven Hundred Springs). Night Train typically contains 17.5% alcohol by volume. Thunderbird is sold at between 13% and 18% ABV and first became popular in the 1950s. Its popularity led to the introduction of Thunderbird ESQ. Night Train Express has been a very controversial brand among civic leaders in major cities as it is felt that Night Train, as well as other inexpensive high alcohol content drinks, contribute to vagrancy and public drunkenness of homeless people.[who?] Thunderbird was once marketed in the United Kingdom as "The California Aperitif.". The 1950s radio jingle that promoted Thunderbird had a song that sang, "What's the word? / Thunderbird / How's it sold? / Good and cold / What's the jive? / Bird's alive / What's the price? / Thirty twice."
Ripple was an inexpensive fortified wine also produced by E & J Gallo Winery[2] that was popular in the United States, particularly in the 1970s. Due to its high alcohol content and low price, it had a reputation as a drink for alcoholics and the destitute. It was popular among young drinkers, both underage and college students. Ripple was mentioned often as being Fred Sanford's alcoholic beverage of choice on the 1970s TV show Sanford and Son (starring Redd Foxx), who once referred to it as "The national wine of Watts".[3] It is no longer produced.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ripple_(wine)

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! I don't know much about sake, okay, I actually don't know anything about it except from what I learn by reading Richard's Blog, The Passionate Foodie (http://passionatefoodie.blogspot.com)... but I do know that warm sake is not cool! Does that statement make any sense?! :)

Kate, you are very welcome! I really need to be the one thanking you for the info... didn't mean to steal your idea but after reading your post, you really got me thinking! Not that it take much to get me thinking, but it's a compliment of the highest form in my eyes. :)

Interesting point... do you think he actually has like a cabinet member in charge of deciding his favorite wine? Sort of a Minister of Wine?

If so, I wanna be that guy. On second thought, it must be a hard job deciding on which ONE wine should be considered the Pres's favorite...

I'll let someone else bear that burden!

P.S. I'd love to see Obama and his "Minister of Wine's" cellar... I bet it would be awesome!

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Thank you Anonymous for posting that info... so, now I have to ask, are these wines capable of aging? I'm looking for a solid fortified wine to store for many years to come! :)

Anonymous said...

My Favourite Red...hmm such a difficult question. As we discover what sites work best with what cultivar we certainly starting to produce great wines at dirt cheap prices if you paying in dollars or euros. I would look out for Vilafonte in America if I was you. Zelma Long working with a South African producing wonderful stuff. But our whites certainly better than our reds...chenin blanc, sauvignon blanc and white blends that are KILLER.

Enjoy Dionysus

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you for the advice! I'll make sure to put these on my "must try" list!

Anyone else try any of these? Thoughts?

Anonymous said...

Well honestly I personally prefer Right Bank Bordeaux, Pomerol or St. Emilion, they age quite well. From College days didn't enjoy the nose after finish of either. They had the aromatics of turpentine. It was difficult to tell if either had good legs but if they actally had been poured into a glass, with 18% alcohol content they should not only should have had good legs, but could get up and walk over just about anyone in the room.

With reguard to the so called, "Minister of Wine" I doubt that would happen in this Presidency, more than likely it would be a "Cazr of Wine" and would be a over paid and underqualified cronie who would not ever discuss what would ordinarily would be with his/her scope of authority but would carp about "global warming" a concept founded by control freaks and is based on voodoo science using blind faith rathar than empirical science as its foundation.

The Wine Whore said...

I am a Right Bank dude too! Much better values and darn good tasting stuff... St. Em also has a cool little city center worth checking out.

Before we dive into the political aspect of this post... I have to ask: What's your favorite Right Bank wine?

Anonymous said...

Actually my preference is a bit of a sleeper, Chateau Mazeyres. It is managed by the same group who own Petrus, and of course is more affordable. Usually, doesn't get a high Parker rating, but check it out. Sometimes a bit difficult to purchase. It ages quite well. Has much of the taste, nose, and mouth of Petrus without the one-up's manship of that needless to say great wine. Not dissing Petrus, understand, but most of us couldn't regualarly indulge in Petrus.

Yes St. Emilion is a fun place to visit. It's streets are paved with bilge stones from ships which came to the area when Acquataine was an English protectorate in the 1200s to 1354. The gold limestone buildings are aglow when you walk its cobbled streets, it is truly a pristine 1300s village which as you pass along, you feel as if you're in a time warp.

Right Bank wines tend to be more like Burgandy than do the Left Bank Bordeaux's. Probably, the blending of Merlot, Cab and Cabranay Franc, tend to produce what I believe to be more flavorable taste and enjoyment.

Anonymous said...

An interesting fact about St. Emilion: During World War I, the Cathedral at Rheims (the center of Champaign country) was near completely destroyed. It was rebuilt during the interval between the wars to near original afterward. The one building material that was found not to be duplicated was the glass in its windows. After World War II began, fearing damage from bombing or shelling, all the original glass was removed from most all cathedrals in France and taken to the humble windowless little parish church in St. Emilion where each piece of glass was painstakingly catalogued, cleaned and stored. After World War II the glass was removed and returned to each cathedral where it had came. So next time you visit St. Emilion or you visit a large cathedral in France take a minute to look around and thank those parish priests who preserved a great heritage of France for all time and enjoy looking at the original glass in the cathedral�s windows.

The Wine Whore said...

I could almost picture the village as you described it! Brings me right back! To anyone else reading this, put this on your list of must see places... especially if you're into wine, it's a blast!

Tasting some good Right Bank wines has changed my view of wine forever...

Where should my next trip be? What other places in the world are capable of a wine revelation such as this?

P.S. - Thank you for the great suggestions... I'll have to see if I can pick up (and afford) a bottle! :)

The Wine Whore said...

I did NOT know that! Now, THAT'S dedication!

Drew Baker said...

Obama's favorite wine is Boone's Farm :)

@thewinevlog

The Wine Whore said...

I KNEW that was coming... :)

Hey, I have been known to drink a bottle of Boone's Farm on occasion... not that I am PROUD of it! :P

Anonymous said...

Simple wines for simple minds.

The Wine Whore said...

Now just to be fair, a lot of people really enjoy that stuff... hmm, wait a minute, on second thought.... j/k! :)

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