Obama’s cellar? Top Secret
The cellar at the White House is small and thrifty. But the dimensions do not matter it is the wine that peaks
read for you by Elena Mazzuoli
Each of us would think it obvious that the most powerful man in the world, always busy with state engagements and diplomatic rapports, able to make decisions which regards the whole world, might have a collection of wines that is never ending, one of those dreams that us common people can only imagine.
In fact the White House in Obama’s era has a very small cellar which seem so sort out the wines in a Just In Time logic. This secret is unveiled not be the official Sommelier of the White House but Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Master of Wine, who has visited the cellar several times, she describes it as being similar to a “walk-in-closet” because of its reduced dimensions. The mundane events at the White House have always been excellent occasions to promote American vineyards. But after the complaints received from President Obama regarding to the wines considered too expensive for a dinner with the Chinese President Hu Jintao, a veil of silence has descended , protected by all the officials.
In truth we are sure of the USA President’s passion for wine and most of all for
Italian wine, and this makes us prouder still.
Six years ago in front of the young Mayor Renzi, Obama called Firenze “The city with the most beautiful restaurants in the world”, a few months ago during their meeting at Palazzo Madama he seemed to appreciate the wine list with only Italian products.
Further proof of a success abroad, the toasting with Brunello during a stay in Rome during his last trip to Italy a few months ago. And the choice of the American ambassador in Italy John R. Phillips who years ago decided to invest in a hamlet, a whole hamlet, called Borgo Finocchieto in the province of Siena, which he describes as “a tremor of the soul, that shakes feelings, passion and tribulation”.
Obama’s council Richard Parsons too has a winery in Montalcino, sit is called Il Palazzone, with 4 hectares of vineyard, here the great Citigroup chairman produces a wonderful Brunello that surely ends up also on the presidential table.
Read for you by Donatella Cinelli Colombini