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Obama serves ‘$30 screwcap wine’ at state dinner

A screwcap 2014 Penner-Ash Viognier was on the menu at the White House to honour Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan.

Courtesy of CCTV America

Designed to “highlight American cuisine with nuances of Chinese flavours,” according to a statement released by the White House last week, the dinner also featured a Shaoxing rice wine, a 2012 Pride Mountain Vineyards Vintner Select Merlot and a 2011 Schramsberg Cremant demi-sec sparkling wine.

The food options included wild mushroom soup, Maine lobster, Colorado lamb and bread and butter pudding.

The cork-loving Chinese media has made much of the fact that one of the wines was a screwcap and all come under $80 – especially since Obama served former President Hu Jintao with a $115 Cabernet, said the Washington Examiner.

Guests included 100 politicians, executives and artists including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella.

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