Walla Walla wine served at Obama state dinner

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Cheers to Poet's Leap.

The Walla Walla-produced Riesling made the menu Wednesday at the White House's state dinner for China.

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, including the 2008 Poet's Leap Riesling.

Poet's Leap is one of numerous wines created at Walla Walla's Long Shadows Vintners, located off Frenchtown Road. There, internationally acclaimed winemakers from the major wine regions of the world are owner/partners in their own single wine. Each of those wines are intended as a "best in type" to showcase both the Columbia Valley and the signature style of the winemakers.

Poet's Leap is crafted by Armin Diel, one of Germany's most acclaimed Riesling producers and proprietor of Schlossgut Diel.

The other Washington wine to make the menu was Quilceda Creek cabernet.

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Downtown gourmet grocery Salumiere Cesario has posted its menu online.

Business owners Damon and Colby Burke are hoping loyal patrons will bookmark the page so they can easily find what's being served in the store at 20 N. Second Ave.

From cheese plates to housemade ramen, the menu details the dishes available at the shop. Among the many offerings: a corned beef Ruben for $9; a mini-Italian sub for $8; housemade chicken salad for $8 and much more. Seasonal dishes are also detailed. From fall through spring, the business features a lunch box for $8.50. The package is a Salumierie's version of a European picnic with demi baguette, sliced salumi, cheese and a dried fruit and nut mix.

To check out more of the menu, visit www.salumierecesario.com/our-goods/our-menu/ .

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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