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Champagne Cellars - The Toast of the Inaugural Luncheon
Champagne Cellars, producer of America's favorite premium champagne,
will be there to toast President-elect Barack Obama at the 2009
Congressional Luncheon immediately following the Swearing-In Ceremony
on January 20th. This marks the seventh Presidential Inauguration in
which Korbel has been selected for this prestigious honor. Korbel
Russian River Valley Natural Champagne - featuring a commemorative neck
label including the Inaugural Seal - will be served and raised in
toasts to the new Obama administration. (PRNewsFoto/Korbel Champagne
GUERNEVILLE, CA UNITED STATES
Inauguration for America's Premium Champagne
GUERNEVILLE, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 9
/PRNewswire/ -- History will be made when Barack Obama
is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States
and Korbel Champagne Cellars will be there to toast the new president
on this momentous occasion. On January 20th,
immediately following the Swearing-In Ceremony, Korbel Russian River
Valley Natural Champagne - featuring a commemorative neck label
including the Inaugural Seal - will be served at the Inaugural Luncheon
and raised in toasts to the new Obama administration.
2009 marks the seventh Presidential Inauguration in
which Korbel Champagne Cellars, producer of America's favorite premium
champagne, has been selected for this prestigious honor. This Korbel
tradition began in 1985 with the inauguration of Ronald Reagan
and has continued through the inaugurations of George Bush
in 1989, Bill Clinton in 1993 and 1998, George
W. Bush in 2001 and 2005, and now Barack Obama.
After the newly elected President Barack Obama has
taken his oath of office and delivered his Inaugural address, he will
be escorted to Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol for the traditional
Inaugural Luncheon, hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on
Inaugural Ceremonies (JCCIC). Since 1897, the Inaugural Luncheon has
been one of the most exclusive events of the Presidential Inauguration.
In addition to the new President, Vice President and members of their
families, the 200 invited guests include the senior members of the
Senate and House of Representatives, Supreme Court Justices, members of
the President's Cabinet and former Presidents. Featuring cuisine
reflecting the theme of the 2009 Inauguration, "A New Birth of Freedom"
celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln,
this year's Inaugural Luncheon will include speeches, gift
presentations from the JCCIC and - of course - several toasts.
"Such an historic celebration deserves to be toasted with American
champagne with roots in our country's most memorable occasions,"
observed Gary Heck, President and Owner of Korbel
Champagne Cellars. "We are honored that Korbel will once again be on
hand for this tradition."
Established in 1882 in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley,
Korbel Champagne Cellars produces the United States' most popular methode
champenoise champagne. Owned and managed by the Heck family since
1954, Korbel currently makes seven champagnes and a limited amount of
still wine. In a separate facility, Korbel also produces one of the
country's most respected brandies.