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by Fred McMillin
for November 6, 2000

 

Since it's election time, let's talk...
Presidential Pinks


Prologue

February 24, 1955—At a White House dinner for 21 friends, President Dwight D. Eisenhower served a pink wine with "Broiled Sirloin Steaks and Sautéed Mushrooms."

May 17, 1955—At the annual White House Luncheon for the Cabinet Ladies, Mamie Dowd Eisenhower served a pink wine with "Braised Sweetbreads and Parsleyed New Potatoes."

December 17, 1956—At a White House Luncheon honoring Mrs. Indira Gandhi of India, Mrs. Eisenhower served a pink wine with "Roasted Cornish Hens and Spinach Soufflé."


The Rest of the Story

Peter Molinari

Peter Molinari with one of his vines that produced the grapes for our Wine of the Day.

Clearly, the Eisenhowers did not hesitate to serve pink wines. I don't know the particular pinks they poured, but I do know the ones my panel has rated the highest in recent months. Here they are, with the best one listed last. of course, the winner will be our Wine of the Day.

8th—El Coto Rioja Rosé, Spain. Importer—Frederick Wildman, '99, $11
7th—Baron Herzog White Zinfandel, Kosher, California, '97, $6
6th—Sutter Home White Zinfandel, California,'97, $5
5th—Beringer White Zinfandel, Coast, '99, $8
4th—Beringer White Zinfandel, Coast, '98, $8
3rd—Beringer Rosé de Saignée, California, '98, $16
2nd—Concannon Rosé, Central Coast, '97, $10

Here is our...


Wine of the Day

Sattui Gamay Rouge, California, '98, $13.75 (the '99 is now available)
The Grape—Napa Gamay, which the feds have decreed must now be called Valdiguié, its name in the south of France. One of the chief sources of the grapes for this wine are the 27-year-old vines of Peter Molinari, (pictured), whose father started planting the vineyard in the 1960s.
An Irony—While most Northern California vintners are planting more Merlot, Cabernet and Chardonnay, because this rosé is so popular, Daryl Sattui is planting more Napa Gamay!
Track Record—When we last checked, this Gamay was on a roll. In five years it had nailed eighteen golds.
To Order—Phone 1-800-799-2337, FAX (707) 963-4324


Postscript

Eight years ago our Thanksgiving column recommended a rosé...the 1991 Sattui Gamay Rouge.

 

About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at either San Francisco State University or San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.

 
 


 
 

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