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The White House Served Zero Trump Wines at Its State Dinner

For a teetotaler with a well-documented love of Diet Coke & chewy steak, Donald Trump”;s first ever state dinner featured some pretty good wines–;and none of them were from his Virginia winery.

Served in honor of French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte, the three-course dinner included wine pairings from Oregon and California (sorry, Finger Lakes–;maybe next state dinner!), paired with seasonal dishes that nodded to America”;s rich culinary traditions and, of course, the country”;s long-standing relationship with France.

The 2015 Domaine Serene Chardonnay “;Evenstad Reserve,”; grown on French clones in the Oregon”;s Dundee Hills, was paired with a baby lettuce salad with tomato jam, buttermilk biscuit crumbles, and a goat cheese gateau. For the entrée, which featured a spring lamb with jambalaya and a burnt-onion soubise, the 2014 “;Laurène”; Pinot Noir from Domaine Drouhin was earthy, balanced, and probably more elegant than anyone expected from the kitchen of an administration headed by devotee of McDonald”;s Filet-o-Fish. (But then again, the French were in town, so any chef worth their salt, such as longtime White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford, would bring their A-game.)

Trump Wines weren't served at the state dinner.

In any case, Napa”;s Schramsberg Crémant Demi-Sec nade a delightfully fresh and fizzy counterpoint to the dinner”;s finale, a nectarine tart served with crème fraiche ice cream.

White House insiders suspect First Lady Melania”;s design background had some input. The dinner seems to have been a hit, with reports of a “;blossoming bromance”; between Trump and Macron.

Maybe it had something to do with the wine.

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