Whenever a head of state or other famous person visits the White House, itâ€™s fun to know what kind of wine was selected to be served with dinner.
For the recent dinner honoring Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the United States as pope, the dinner wine was a Sonoma County Chardonnay.
According to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery’s rich, oak-aged 2005 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay was the wine of choice. It also was a birthday wine, as the dinner marked the pope’s 81st birthday.
“Itâ€™s’ a very big honor,” said Mary Ann Sebastiani Cuneo, President and CEO of Sebastiani.
President Bush welcomed the pope in a morning ceremony on the South Lawn before an estimated 9,000 to 12,000 people, followed by a meeting in the Oval Office.
Later that evening, Bush and his wife, Laura, hosted the dinner for Catholic leaders in the East Room of the White House, where the 2005 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay was among the wines served.