Korbel Champagne Cellars Vice President of Communications Margie Healy reports from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California about Korbel's involvement in the upcoming Presidential Inauguration:
When Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States, this event will once again be toasted with flutes of Korbel California Champagne. On January 21, immediately following the public 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 Obama administration.
Gary Heck, president and owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars, said:
“Such a historic celebration deserves to be toasted with American champagne with roots in our country’s most memorable occasions. We are honored that Korbel – celebrating its 130th anniversary – will once again be on hand for this prestigious tradition.”
The year 2013 marks the eighth Presidential Inauguration in which Korbel Champagne Cellars has been selected for this honor. This 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 1997, George W. Bush in 2001 and 2005, and Barack Obama’s first term in 2009.
After President Barack Obama has taken his public oath of office and delivered his Inaugural address, he will be escorted to one of the most historic places in the U.S. Capitol – Statuary Hall – for the traditional Inaugural Luncheon, hosted by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and chaired by New York Senator, Charles E. Schumer.
Since 1897, the Inaugural Luncheon has been one of the most exclusive events of the Presidential Inauguration. In addition to the 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. Reflecting the theme of the 2013 Inauguration, “Faith in America’s Future” celebrating the 150th anniversary of the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol dome, this year’s Inaugural Luncheon will include speeches, gift presentations from the JCCIC and – of course – several toasts.
Owned and managed by the Heck family since 1954, Korbel currently makes 11 champagnes and a limited amount of still wine.
President Barack Obama is pictured at a grassroots event in Woodbridge, Virginia at the G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium on September 20, 2012. About 10,000 people were in attendance. Photo by Alexandra Sudak