[Inaugural Luncheon] The 2009 Inaugural Luncheon, which follows the swearing-in of President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden, will feature wines from Duckhorn Vineyards in Napa Valley and Duckhorn's Goldeneye winery in Anderson Valley, which is dedicated to the production of world-class Pinot Noir. So what?
Well, John Rasmuson is a regular City Weekly contributor and his son, Zachary, is Duckhorn/Goldeneye's Pinot Noir winemaker. Zach began his winemaking career at Stags' Leap before moving on to the position of assistant winemaker for Robert Sinskey Vineyards. About making Pinot Noir for Goldeneye, Rasmuson says, "Pinot Noir is an amazing, malleable grape. You need to be gentle shaping the wine. It's a process of minimal intervention, of finesse not muscle."
What a great way to kick off the Obama presidency!