Tasting Notes: Made from certified organic grapes, the 2012 EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing summer wine. It features fragrant tropical fruit aromas, fresh flavors of lemon and lime, and a crisp, clean finish.
Choosing wines to serve honored guests is seldom simple, especially if you’re the President of the United States of America. At his June 7-8 summit meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, President Obama served the 2004 Chinese Cuvée from Iron Horse Vineyards. This was a particularly astute selection, since the Chinese Cuvée was created to celebrate the current Year of the Snake. And because the Chinese zodiac consists of a twelve-year cycle, this means that 1953, the year that Xi Jinping was born, was also a Year of the Snake.
This was not the first time, however, that the Chinese Cuvée had been served to Xi Jinping. Vice President Joe Biden toasted him with it at a State Department luncheon on February 14, 2012. According to Iron Horse Vineyards’s website, their sparkling wines “have been served at the White House for the past five consecutive presidential administrations, beginning with the historic Reagan-Gorbachev Summit Meetings, which lead to the end of the Cold War.”
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s bustling financial district, this posh property is more than just a high-end business hotel. Occupying the top eleven floors of the city’s third-tallest building, the Loews Regency San Francisco provides incomparable sweeping views that stretch from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. The hotel caters to a sophisticated traveler clientele, whether it’s those who like to call it home while on business, or visitors who prefer a luxurious and comfortable resting place while touring “The City by the Bay.”
What better way to discover (or rediscover) Belvedere Vodka than with Claire Smith, the Head of Spirit Creation & Mixology for the company, seen in the video above? You will also learn what the Polish government has done to protect the spirit, which it considers a very important national treasure.
What Smith did not tell us is that vodka, which originates from Poland, was once considered “medication” and was introduced to Russia in the fourteenth century by the Genovese. Way back when, medicine as we know it today was almost nonexistent, so it is easy to understand why doctors were using vodka as a treatment!