While the rest of us, mere mortals, were home or at work with our Valentine’s Day plans, Joy Sterling was in Washington D.C. – more specifically at the State Luncheon to welcome the Chinese Vice President. Thank you Joy Sterling for sharing your ‘insiders’ view of yesterday’s White House gala. We were thinking of you all day!
Here’s highlights from her email to Women & Wine today.
It was a great thrill being at the lunch for Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, hosted by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton February 14 under the crystal chandeliers of the Benjamin Franklin Dining Room at the State Department in Washington where Iron Horse was the toasting wine.
The guest list included Henry Kissinger, Chevron Chairman and CEO John Watson, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein, Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger, Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sens. John Kerry, Dianne Feinstein Lindsey Graham , Human Rights Watch Executive Director Ken Roth, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and senior Chinese officials. It was a “who’s who” for U.S. Chinese relations.
The tables were adorned with red rose bouquets with a Valentine’s Day theme. The menu featured Chinese-American fusion creations by chef Ming Tsai, including a roasted sweet potato soup with crispy duck confit roulade, soy marinated Alaskan butterfish, and “eight treasured rice packet” with dried fruit and pork sausage. Dessert was a flourless bittersweet chocolate cake topped with cardamom ice cream
There were two toasts with Iron Horse 2007 Chinese Cuvee – one by Vice President Joe Biden and the second by China’s Vice President after his remarks. Mr. Xi is expected to be China’s next president after a once-a-decade leadership change.
Chinese Cuvee was created to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. 880 cases were exported to China. 120 cases have been sold in the U.S. Iron Horse plans to create a new cuvee each year, building up to the Year of the Horse in 2014.
With all my best, Joy