- Publish Date: Sep 14, 2010
Election Of Expression The 44th President shows his (wine) smarts. Wine and politics don't always mix, as you might have gathered from yesterday's Daily Sip about a bill in Congress that threatens the wine industry. But sometimes the two make for a pretty good match.
Few people know this better than Dick Wollack, co-proprietor of Expression Wines. Recently, Wollack met President Barack Obama at an event and handed him a bottle of his Expression 44° Pinot Noir, made of grapes grown in the Eola-Amity Hills of Oregon.
"I said to him, 'Mr. President this bottle is our wine and the 44° denotes the latitude of the vineyard, so I wanted to give it to...'. He cut me off and said, 'I get it...the 44th President.' The guy is smart."
Similarly clever, Expression doesn't limit itself to Oregon. The Expression 34° Pinot comes from California's Santa Rita Hills; 38° is from the Sonoma Coast; 39° is from Anderson Valley. So does that mean that Expressions 34°, 38° and 39° have something to say about Presidents Eisenhower, Ford and Carter?
"Yes," Wollack told The Daily Sip. "Those latitudes and Presidents show that we have politically ecumenical Pinots."
A very politically astute answer. We smell a run for office.
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