Bedell 2009 Merlot to Be Served at Inaugural Lunch

As first reported in the New York Times, Bedell’s 2009 Merlot will be part of a lunch after President Obama’s inauguration that focuses on produce of the state of New York. A 2009 Finger Lakes Dry Riesling from Tierce will accompany the first course of lobster, and the Bedell will complement the main course of bison. The menu was chosen by Sen. Charles Schumer, who is the chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

“The idea started at New York Farm Day, an annual event, which was started by Senator Hillary Clinton ” says Trent Preszler, CEO of Bedell, who was recently featured in an Edible Manhattan story about the rising popularity of Long Island wines. “We’re so excited; it’s really profound for our region.” Since 1985, all the wines served at the luncheon have been from California, except in 1997, when President Clinton accompanied his  shrimp, oyster and scallop pie with a 1995 Prince Michel de Virginia Chardonnay, Virginia.

The lunch is a tradition that goes back to 1867, according to a White House website. And the guest list includes members of both parties, the justices of the Supreme Court and all living past presidents, vice presidents and first and second ladies. “It’s the ultimate power lunch,” says Preszler.