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Korbel Inaugural Cuvee

Ok, so I'm unable to get my hands on a bottle of the Korbel sparkling wine that will be served at the Inaugural luncheon next week. But I did find out some info about it. It's got a commemorative neck label and the Inaugural seal, and the back of the label reads:

"This cuvée of Korbel Natural California Champagne has been specially created for the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. It is an occasion rich in tradition and celebration, as a nation looks forward to the promise of the next four years. Now, more than 200 years after George Washington made his commitment to our country, Barack H. Obama II will recite the same solemn oath on the steps of the Capitol as the 44th President of the United States. Korbel is pleased, proud and honored to be a part of this historic event. "

2009 marks the seventh Presidential Inauguration in which Korbel Champagne Cellars, has been selected for this prestigious honor. This Korbel tradition began in 1985 with the inauguration of Ronald Reagan and has continued through the inaugurations of George Bush in 1989, Bill Clinton in 1993 and 1998, George W. Bush in 2001 and 2005, and now Barack Obama.

"Such an historic celebration deserves to be toasted with American champagne with roots in our country’s most memorable occasions," observed Gary Heck, President and Owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars. "We are honored that Korbel will once again be on hand for this tradition."

Established in 1882 in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces the United States’ most popular méthode champenoise champagne. Owned and managed by the Heck family since 1954, Korbel currently makes seven champagnes and a limited amount of still wine.