White House Wines: The Most and Least Expensive Presidential Wines


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“Wine...a necessary of life with me.” —Thomas Jefferson

After three years of not disclosing the wines served at state dinners, President Barack Obama resumed the longstanding practice of publishing the state dinner wine lists during the French President Francois Hollande's White House visit back in February. We have compiled a list of some of the most expensive and least expensive presidential wines that have made their way into the White House halls since America’s birth, so you, too, can drink like a president. 

If you're interested, check out these 5 U.S. presidents' favorite wines.

The Most Expensive White House Wines

1. Chateau Lafite Rothschild

President: Thomas Jefferson

Price: $1,500

2. Chateau Haut-Brion Blanc

President: John F. Kennedy

Price: $1,000

3. Chateau Haut-Brion

Presidents: Harry S. Truman & Woodrow Wilson

Price: $560

4. Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon “Hillside Select”

President: George W. Bush

Price: $245

5. Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

President: Barack Obama

Price: $150

6. Mi Seuno Cabernet Sauvignon “Herren Selecion Rebecca”

President: Barack Obama

Price: $125

7. Chimney Rock Reserve Cabernet

President: George W. Bush

Price: $90


The Least Expensive Presidential Wines

1. Inglenook Pinot-Chardonnay (now called “Chablis”)

President: Harry S. Truman

Price: $6

2. Paul Masson Rare Sherry

President: Jimmy Carter, 1977

Price: $6

3. Fetzer Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (no longer produces a “Reserve”)

President: George W. Bush

Price: $7

4. Sterling Chenin Blanc (no longer produced by Sterling)

President: Gerald Ford

Price: $8

5. Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc

President: Barack Obama

Price: $11

6. Charles Krug Gamay Beaujolais (now called “Family Burgundy”)

President: Jimmy Carter

Price: $14

7. Korbel Natural Brut N.V.

President: George W. Bush

Price: $14

8. Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

President: Gerald Ford, 1973

Price: $16

9. Barra Pinot Blanc

President: George W. Bush

Price: $18

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