Presidential Wine Cellar

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Ronald Reagan

Californian Ronald Reagan really transformed the White House wine service, thoroughly and enthusiastically embracing the best of California for all state affairs.  

Reagan is even credited with serving the first Zinfandel in the White House, a Boeger from El Dorado County, though it was well known that his favorite wine was Beaulieu’s George de la Tour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Rumor has it that Reagan served this wine to many famous politicians and celebrities who eventually became ardent fans of the California classic.

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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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