WALLA WALLA — Cheers to Poet’s Leap and Quilceda.
Poet’s Leap, a Walla Walla-produced Riesling, made the menu Wednesday at the White House’s state dinner for China.
So did Quilceda Creek cabernet, a Columbia Valley wine from a winery based in Snohomish.
President Obama, guest of honor Chinese President Hu Jintao and a bevy of high-profile guests from diplomat Henry Kissinger to renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma dined on what news reports described as a “quintessential American” meal.
Along with Maine lobster, rib eye, apple pie and ice cream, the guests’ glasses were filled with a couple of Washington wines.
Poet’s Leap is one of several wines created at Walla Walla’s Long Shadows Vintners. There, internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world are owner/partners in their own single wine. Poet’s Leap is crafted by Armin Diel, one of Germany’s most acclaimed Riesling producers and proprietor of Schlossgut Diel.