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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Wine at the White House, and at My House

We all know that California produces some amazing wines. But did you know that Michigan wines have been served at the White House?

A number of years ago, my husband and I toured Tabor Hill Winery in Buchanan, Michigan with some good friends. We were certainly no wine connoisseurs, not even close—and trust me, we still aren’t. But what we learned on the visit changed our wine life, in a big way. Up until that point, I had always just always ordered Chardonnay because it was a white wine with a familiar name. Never mind that I really didn’t care for it—or the fact that Chardonnay gave me headaches.

In the Tabor Hill tasting room, we learned that their Classic Demi-Sec, a very inexpensive, semi-dry white, has been featured at White House functions under several administrations (and not just that of Michigander Gerald R. Ford).

After tasting the Demi-Sec, I understood why, and turned my back on Chardonnay for good. My husband and I took a case home, along with two bottles of Tabor Hill’s sweeter whites, a Reisling, and a Gewurtztraminer, as well as a couple of Demi-Reds and Cabernet Sauvignons. A newfound appreciation for wine was born.

Over the years, my husband and I have expanded our wine horizons, but we still turn to the Demi-Sec, and its partner, the Demi-Red when we’re throwing parties and need a supply of quality, inexpensive wines. In fact, I served these two American vintages at my book launch parties for the White House Chef series—and loved being able to tell my guests that they were sipping the same wines that presidents have enjoyed.

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