Presidential Wine Cellar

What have our presidents been drinking?


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Presidential Wine Cellar This President’s Day, let’s honor our presidents, meaning all of them- even those I don’t really like, and take a look at what they were drinking while in the White House.

Just a little background first: the White House, being one of the seats of government here in the U.S., has a policy of serving domestic wines which dates back to the Kennedy days. At least that’s when they began to serve domestic wine in addition to the usual suspects from France.

President Nixon had a penchant for German wines from time to time, but Bordeaux and Champagne mostly ruled the roost. What else have presidents imbibed? Read on to take a look!

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  • Snooth User: TexasBob
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    Ben Franklin was not, of course, a president.

    Feb 20, 2012 at 9:31 PM

  • Snooth User: homestar
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    I've heard Mac McDonald of Vision Cellars tell the story of how his Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir was requested by the White House (pretty sure it would have to be the Bush presidency). Mac had a limited # of cases and would only sell them 2 despite their request for the whole vintage. He also said that Prince Charles drank this wine every night during his stay.

    Sorry, Mac, if I got any details wrong. PS, I love this wine too!

    Feb 21, 2012 at 8:09 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Of course Ben Franklin was not a President, though his time in France certainly had an impact on what the Presidents were stocking and drinking.

    Feb 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM

  • Snooth User: lakenvelder
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    Was wonder why Ben was on the list as he was a founding father and not President. He most likely enjoyed wine while in France as an ambassador. I read somewhere he invented the armonica from wine glasses.

    Feb 22, 2012 at 8:11 PM

  • Do you know if President Reagan served Granite Springs Winery wines at his inauguration?

    Jun 07, 2018 at 9:18 PM

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