White House Serves $200/Bottle Wine At Chinese State Summit

Sacrifice has been a common theme for the Obama administration. ““We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said back in 2008.

But apparently what we can do is serve $200/bottle wine in the White House despite a $14 trillion national debt and a $1.3 trillion budget deficit.

The White House menu from last night’s state dinner with China:

White House State Dinner Menu For President Hu Jintao (full menu)

First
D’Anjou Pear with Farmstead Goat Cheese
Fennel, Black Walnuts, and White Balsamic

Second
Poached Maine Lobster
Orange Glaze Carrots and Black Trumpet Mushrooms

Wine: DuMol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008 (California)

*
Lemon Sorbet
*
Main
Dry Aged Rib Eye with Buttermilk Crisp Onions
Double Stuffed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach

Wine: Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005 (Washington State)

As Jim Hoft points out, Quilceda Creek Cabernet is $199/bottle.

Of course, this is a drop in the ocean compared to our national debt, but the symbolism is awful. We struggle to get by in a tough economy and are told to sacrifice for the greater good. Meanwhile, they sit in luxury and quaff expensive wines.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • SigFan

    We should have served them Ramen noodles and Ripple. Seriously.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

      Ramen and Ripple- you can’t treat your banker like that

      Obama would have been lectured on how to treat fellow travelers in the ruling class

      Hu may be communist but he is not one of the proletariat.

      Those who favor communism never want to be part of the proletariat –
      However, that fate is fine for the rest of us – Comrade

      Line up for Ramen and Ripple now and get a good spot in line –
      Hope and Change is on the way per Barry’s vision for America

    • Spartacus

      I heard on the news this morning that Hu insisted upon American fare for dinner. Obama should have obliged, “Night Train” is popular in downtown Chicago.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    A very good menu—everything goes together—but nonetheless a tad unimaginative.

    I would say that, for a dinner at this level, a $200 bottle of wine is about right. That said, I would have to taste it. I have had $200 bottles of wine (I was not paying!) that were not much better than plonk; however, when you get to that range (and $200 is not as big a deal as you may think) you occasionally get a wine that you will remember for the rest of your life. Sorry, can’t ride along with this one.

    • borborygmi

      Could never pull the trigger on $200 wine myself, Now some $150 Cognac. well thats different.

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        Safer bet. If you every get within 250 miles of an Armagnac ’61, take the trouble. Probably $150 for one shot in a snifter today, but it is one of those beverages that makes one understand that godlike things inhabit this planet. For a very long time I thought all the fuss about wines and other “adult beverages” was pure B.S. Then, in the space of a couple of years, I had a ’59 Fetzer cabernet, a vintage La Tache, the ’61 Armagnac, dinner at the Grand Vefour and a few trips in a G-5 and it was clear to me that there is a whole other world out there that almost no one experiences. It adjusts one’s perspective. It all being free made it even better.

    • mikemc1970

      I’ve tasted bottles of maotai that cost $200 or more but would never say any of them were good.

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        Yeah, not every $200 bottle of French wine is good, sometimes they are unacceptable. I’ve had two bottles of Dom Perignon ($100per+ 30 years ago), one was spectacular, the other tasted like a cheap Lambrusco. Person needs to have a whole lot of disposable income.

  • Bat One

    Actually, for a full-blown state dinner, $200 per bottle is kinda cheap.

    And compared to the tens of millions he and Michelle have spent on their various vacations…

  • Marty McKeever

    How many bottles? 2 bottles between the heads of state and their companions, no problem. 10 cases, to serve all the courtesans for which events like this must still provide food and drink? Excessive. Let them drink Gallo like the rest of us.

  • banjo kid

    I am surprised they did not serve 1.29 a gallon Saki .

    • borborygmi

      Let me go where no one else will travel < I would think some 40oz of Colt would be more appropriate and since it is Chinese some dog….. I am so PC busted…..

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Mountainmouth

        Yeah – get him drunk steal his wallet and do an Identity theft.

        Barry gave him a Kenyan cookbook – 1001 ways to wok a dog.

  • mikemc1970

    Dennis Miller said he would have been just as happy sitting in the Comfort Inn, in his panda pajamas, watching The Factor, and eating a McRib sandwich. I agree.

    • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

      The Dinner didn’t have anything to do with happiness, just bullsh!t.

  • borborygmi

    Just when you start making sense of some things you come out with something like this. Rob,Rob,Rob… I suppose BoonesFarm, kKFC and paper plates would be much more appropriate. Why do you venture into Nutter land?

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com bikebubba

    I don’t mind a little bit of spending at state dinners–else I’d be among the liberals who were aghast that the Reagans spent something like $200k for new china for the White House. (ironic memory there, eh?)

    On the other hand, when he tells all of us to sacrifice when he’s indulging all kinds of things in his private life on the public dime–taxpayer paid trips for his family without him, keeping the White House at 80 degrees, and such–then I have to assume that he’s simply saying “sacrifice for thee, but not for me.”

    But the big thing that bothers me is his asinine idea that somehow government knows better how to spend money than we do…..and pours trillions down the toilet.

  • Spartacus

    Who cares? We’re paying for it with Yuan, which technically makes it about $130/bottle.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Again, nutters crack me up.

  • Spartacus

    I take it the menu didn’t list how many calories and grams of trans fats the meal contained. Does Michelle Antoinette know about this?

  • LastBestHope

    It’s $400 a bottle

    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 750ML 2005
    Sku: 056956

    Rating
    Richly aromatic, this brims with dark berry and currant aromas and flavors, shaded with espresso and dark chocolate overtones set against somewhat gritty tannins. A meaty note adds extra depth as the finish lingers on and on against the tannins. Best from 2010 through 2017. 3,400 cases made. –HS Wine Spectator 94 points (Jul 31 2008)

    The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon contains 3% Merlot. The principal component comes from the Champoux Vineyard (in which the winery is a partner) with contributions from the Klipsun and Taptiel Vineyards, outstanding in their own right. It, too, was aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it has a splendid perfume of violets, wood smoke, truffle, Asian spices, black cherry, and black currant preserves. Opulent and mouth-coating, the layers of complex flavors nearly hide enough tannin to support 8-10 years of additional cellaring. The oak, tannin, and acidity are beautifully integrated and the lengthy finish lasts for well over a minute. Purchasers no doubt will want to try a bottle immediately but this towering effort will not reach its peak until 2015 at the earliest and provide pleasure through 2040. I say this with confidence because a 1983 Quilceda Creek Cabernet tasted in May 2008 is at its peak now and should carry on for another 10-15 years. Robert Parker 100 points (Jun 2008)

    Country: UNITED STATES
    Region: WASHINGTON
    Grape Varietal: CABERNET SAUVIGNON
    Type: Still wine

    Reg. 399.99

  • Bat One

    As usual, the most trenchant and insightful observation on the state dinner came from Rush Limbaugh:

    The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Winner hosted a dinner for the guy holding the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Winner in prison, and the media does not get the irony of this at all.

  • jimmypop

    $200? thats cheap for two kings to be sipping off of. i think barry showed restraint here.

  • Sean P. Sullivan

    Just FYI, the wine’s release price was $125 – not the higher prices that retailers are showing . Various retailers who sell this wine generally mark it up because 1) they can and 2) they are often buying from people on the winery’s allocation list rather than directly from the winery. However, in the case of the State Dinner, the White House bought the wine directly from the winery and purchased it at a wholesale price. So this wine would have cost the wholesale price of the original $125 retail price.

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