Fast forward to the last U.S. President to serve Bordeaux in the White House, though rumor has it mostly to himself.
Nixon was known to love wine and in particular the Bordeaux first growths and German wines from the Bernkasteller Doktor vineyard. The Bordeaux tended to be expensive and in a move we can all admire, Nixon economized by serving lesser wine to his guests while drinking, according to lore, Chateaux Margaux from a napkin-covered bottle kept out of sight. To this day, people continue to refer to someone “pulling a Nixon” when they keep the good stuff hidden.
Okay, it is me who refers to people as “pulling a Nixon,” but I’m trying to get it to catch on!
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