Friday, December 11, 2009
Wine event: The Wines at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Banquet in Honour of President Obama in Oslo
The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Banquet in honor of President Obama was held at the Grand Hotel in Oslo, Norway, on December 10, 2009.
The following wines were served.
NV Champagne Jacquesson Cuvée no 733, France
Jacquesson is a well respected Champagne House founded in 1798. It is among the oldest ones. Napoleon is said to have favored the Jacquesson sparklers. Jacquesson is now run by brothers Jean-Hervé and Laurent Chiquet, with a third partner, Michael Mackenzie, based in London. The Jacquesson vineyards are in the Grand Cru villages of Aÿ, Avize and Oiry and in the Premier Cru villages of Hautvillers, Dizy and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ. These sites account for the majority of the fruit used by the house, but about 15% is sourced from other growers.
Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile 2004 – Trimbach, France
A dry white wine from the Alsace region. The Trimbach family has a wine-making history stretching back almost 400 years. One of the great winemakers in the Alcase region, with an emphasis on Riesling and Gewurztraminer. The Cuvée Frédéric Emile (from Grands Crus Osterberg and Geisberg)is probably their best known wine.
Pouilly-Fumé 2008 – André Dezat et fis, France
Another French wine, from the Loire region. The Pouilly-Fumé is dry white wine made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety. It is characterized by smoky flavors and minerality. This is an unspectacular wine, but highly appreciated in the US, which is probably the reason, why it was served.
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 – Robert Mondavi, US
An American classic from the Estate of Robert Mondavi - one of the great personalities of the American wine revolution.
Vidal Icewine 2003 – Inniskillin Wines, Canada
An icewine from the top wine maker of Canadian icewine, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Inniskillin has played an important pioneering role in the modern Canadian wine industry. Vidal Blanc is an inter-specific hybrid variety of white wine grape, which manages to produce high sugar levels in cold climates while maintaining good acid levels.
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