At a state dinner on February 11, 2014, President Barack Obama served a Virginia wine to French President Hollande during his visit. He served a sparkling wine from Charlottesville, VA: NV Thibaut-Jannison “Blanc de Chardonnay”, Monticello, Virginia. This is the second time this wine has been served at a state dinner at the White House according to the Washington Post article “On state dinner menu, American wines by French natives.”
The serving of this Virginia wine at a state dinner received national and international recognition. At approximately $30.00 a bottle, the wine is affordable. In addition to making its presence known at a state dinner, it has been spotlighted in news stories leading up to and preceding the dinner, further bringing Virginia wines into the national and international spotlight.