January 20, 2009
Wining and (Inaugural) dining

Here's a link to the Inaugural lunch menu, a feast that was held earlier at the U.S. Capitol. This lunch was a three-course affair paired with three California wines: Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 sauvignon blanc, Goldeneye 2005 Anderson Valley pinot noir and Korbel Natural "Special Inaugural Cuvee" sparkling wine.

If you want to sip like a head of state
, here are some tips on finding two of these wines around Sacramento:

Duckhorn Vineyards 2007 sauvignon blanc
Note: This tangy and toasty sauvignon blanc from Napa is a fairly creamy expression of the varietal. This wine also includes 25% semillon, and 13.5 percent alcohol.
Cost: Approx. $27.
Available at: Beyond Napa Wine Merchants (2580 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; 916-481-8665); Capitol Cellars, (110 Diamond Creek Place, Roseville; 916-786-9030); Selland's Market Cafe (5340 H St.; 916-736-3333) and Whole Foods stores.

Goldeneye 2005 Anderson Valley pinot noir
Note: An offshoot of Duckhorn, this winery specializes in pinot noir from Anderson Valley with cherry and strawberry notes. 14.5 percent alcohol.
Cost: Approx. $55
Available at: Beyond Napa Wine Merchants, and Capitol Cellars.

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