Photo: Quails Gate website
Photo: Quails Gate website

Obama drinks Okanagan wine

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U.S. President Barak Obama recently had a taste of the Okanagan.

During lunch with Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa, Obama was served Quails’ Gate 2007 Chenin Blanc.

Quail’s Gate proprietor, Tony Stewart, says the news is an historic honour for Quails’ Gate and an endorsement of the highest regard.

“To have Quails’ Gate’s wine as one of President Obama’s first impressions of our nation during his inaugural visit to Canada is not only an honour, it’s recognition of the effort and passion we put into our vineyards and our wines,” says Stewart. “We’re exceedingly proud to have represented the Okanagan Valley and the entire British Columbia wine industry to the American President.”

He says the Chenin Blanc is harvested entirely from the Quails’ Gate Estate vineyards from 12 to 15-year-old vines.

The wine accompanied menu selections including Pacific coast yellowfin tuna and maple and miso cured Nunavut wild Arctic char.

The other Canadian wines on the President’s menu were a 2002 red wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and a 2005 Apple Ice Wine from Hemmingford, Quebec.

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