Friday, November 21, 2008

How was the wine Finance Minister Flaherty - oh, we don't drink do we?

Good Day Readers:

Shortly we're going to write the Prime Minister to ask if he has a wine cellar at his official 24 Sussex Drive residence and if so how many bottles, what kind, how much did it cost and whp paid? We'll post the letter to Mr. Harper shortly. Can you imagine getting no response and having to apply under the federal government's Access to Information Act.

Sincerely,
Clare L. Pieuk
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World leaders dine in style as they discuss financial crisis

Shafer Cabernet “Hillside Select” 2003 Can Go For As Much As $500 A Bottle.
November 14, 2008

(CNN) – The global economy may be undergoing a significant downturn, but the White House's dinner budget still appears flush with cash.


After all, world leaders who are in town to discuss the economic crisis are set to dine in style Friday night while sipping wine listed at nearly $500 a bottle.

According to the White House, tonight's dinner to kick off the G-20 summit includes such dishes as "Fruitwood-smoked Quail," "Thyme-roasted Rack of Lamb," and "Tomato, Fennel and Eggplant Fondue Chanterelle Jus."

To wash it all down, world leaders will be served Shafer Cabernet “Hillside Select” 2003, a wine that sells at $499 on Wine.com.

The exceedingly pricey wine may seem a bit peculiar given leaders are in Washington to discuss a possible world financial meltdown, but Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for Laura Bush, said it "was the most appropriate wine that we had in the White House wine cellar for such a gathering.

McDonough also said the White House purchased the wine at a "significantly lower price" than what it is listed at.
"Of course the White House gets its wine at wholesale prices," she said. "Given the intimate size of the group, it was an appropriate time for The White House to use this stock."

The leaders of the U.K., France, Russia, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and 11 developing economies have all come to Washington at the behest of President Bush in an effort to express confidence in the fundamental underpinnings of the world's economy.

– CNN's Becky Brittain contributed to this report

2 Comments:

Anonymous West Toronto realtor said...

Common, what do you think, politicians will drink the water from the water tap? :))
EVERY politician hunts for the political rent. Voters should just choose those, who's performance/expenses ratio is the best!
And maybe it was part of the "fight the crisis" plan! They started with "grants" for wine makers!
Take care
Jill

3:40 AM  
Anonymous Nicolas said...

Interesting post..! It sounds amazing that a wine sells at $499 on Wine.com.

11:38 PM  

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