Choosing a wine to celebrate todayâ€™s inauguration of Barack Obama
as the 44th U.S. president was easy â€“ American bubbly was called for,
of course. This morning I selected several of my favorites and put them
on the patio (our â€œwalk-outâ€ fridge) to share with our guests who
were coming for an inaugural brunch and to watch all the speechifying in
warmth and comfort. I chose a Kluge 2005 SP Blanc de Blancs from Virginia for a local, regional theme, and an Iron Horse 2004 Classic Vintage CuvĂ©e.
But for the noontime toast to our new president, the most appropriate was Domaine Carneros Le RĂȘve 2001.
A wine named â€œthe dreamâ€ summed up our thrill and our hopes in this
historic occasion, as the nation embraced its new young president. (The
first to be younger than I am, which is hard enough to swallow, so the
wine had to be good!)
All three wines were up to the occasion.
The Kluge was crisp and refreshing, showing Virginiaâ€™s potential with
sparkling wine, while the Iron Horse packed its usual power and grace.
The Domaine Carneros had softened with age, allowing lovely, ripe fruit
flavors to emerge, a dream matured and fulfilled.