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Richard Nixon

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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  • 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

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