Financial Meltdown Summit Featured Lavish Dinner Menu, $300 Bottles of Wine


US President George W. Bush (2nd-L) and Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) toast Saudi King Abdullah during a dinner at the White House for leaders attending the G20 Summit on Financial Markets November 14, 2008 in Washington, DC. Leaders of the Group of 20 richest economies and emerging economic heavyweights are meeting in Washington to craft a joint strategy to deal with the rapidly spreading global financial crisis.

Fox News | Nov 15, 2008

WASHINGTON — Brother, can you spare a $300 bottle of wine?

The White House dinner Friday night for foreign leaders working to resolve the global economic crisis featured traditionally gourmet selections for such an august gathering.

There was no risk of a menu meltdown to go along with the subject of the meeting — austere markets, lost jobs and homeowners with mortgages they can’t afford.


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    The White House said the menu included fruitwood-smoked quail with quince gastrique; quinoa risotto; thyme-roasted rack of lamb; tomato, fennel and eggplant fondue; a salad course of endive, baked brie and walnuts; and a pear torte to cap the meal.

    Among the wines: bottles of Shafer Cabernet “Hillside Select” 2003 — about $300 per bottle — for the main course and the much cheaper Landmark Chardonnay “Damaris Reserve” 2006 for about $40 per bottle with the appetizer course. The Chandon DEtoile RosDe sparkling wine that accompanied dessert runs around $30 a bottle.

    Presidents pay for their own groceries, even while living in the White House. But during official or state dinners, such as Friday night’s, U.S. taxpayers foot the bill.

    Bush’s guests for the dinner included Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Joseph Harper; Chinese President Hu Jintao; French President Nicolas Sarkozy; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. About two dozen leaders in all attended the dinner in the White House’s State Dining Room.


    6 responses to “Financial Meltdown Summit Featured Lavish Dinner Menu, $300 Bottles of Wine

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    3. Hello,

      This is the AP vidéo -Neither lebaneese nor syrian-:

      See this:

      ”The exceedingly pricey wine may seem a bit peculiar given leaders are in Washington to discuss a possible world financial meltdown, but Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for Laura Bush, said it ”was the most appropriate wine that we had in the White House wine cellar for such a gathering.”

      And this:

      ”It began with a frank dinner Friday where both $300 bottles of wine and the plummeting economy were on the menu.”


      And here is the kind of the wine (copy and paste link in your browser):

    4. Predicted this the moment I heard about the summit. Actually any summit.

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    6. A dragon statue?! David Icke will have a field day with this.

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