Sen. Chuck Schumer, on behalf of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, released a plan for the Inauguration luncheon Wednesday featuring New England chowder and New York wines.
As in 2009, the menu starts with a soup course, continues to an entree and ends with a fruit-and-dairy dessert.
The luncheon outlines a wine pairing with the first and second courses, both with grapes from Schumer’s home state of New York. The last course features a Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne from California.
The 2009 luncheon, chaired by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., exclusively featured West Coast wines and the same California champagne.
By law, beverages sold in the United States that are not made in the Champagne region of France cannot be called champagne, but long-time producers like Korbel, the one that produced the bubbly at the luncheon, receive a reprieve from the rule as long as they include the state’s name in the drink’s title, France24 reported.
The 2013 Inaugural Luncheon Menu
Steamed Lobster with New England Chowder
Anthony Road Winery, Fox Run Vineyards and Newt Red Cellars, Tierce 2010 Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes, N.Y.
Hickory Grilled Bison with Wild Huckleberry Reduction and Red Potato Horseradish Cake
Bedell Cellars, 2009 Merlot, North Fork, Long Island
Hudson Valley Apple Pie, Sour Cream Ice Cream, Aged Cheese and Honey
Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California