To accompany the menu served at tonight’s state dinner in honor of French President Francoise Hollande, the White House selected three American wines made by French-born vignerons.
Luc Morlet, a fourth-generation winemaker now living in California, crafted his Morlet Family Vineyards “La Proportion Dorée” 2011 ($50), a blend of sauvignon blanc, semillon and muscadelle grapes, to give a Sonoma County accent to white Bordeaux.
In Washington state’s Columbia Valley, Gilles Nicault, a native of southern France, blends cabernet sauvignon and syrah for the Chester Kidder 2009 (about $45), part of the Long Shadows project that recruits famous winemakers from around the world to fashion Washington wines of distinction.
Closer to home, Charlottesville’s Claude Thibault, a native of Champagne, will have his Thibault-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay ($30) raised in a toast to French-American friendship. The TJ, as its fans call it, is making its third White House appearance (and its second at a state dinner), and can lay claim to helping Virginia emerge on the national stage as a premier wine producing region.
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