Meanwhile, the Obama administration appears to have decided to keep one more secret. As first reported by Bloomberg, the White House declined to identify the name and vintage of wines it served during the June 2011 state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and it's unclear whether it will reveal the wine list for this week's state dinner when British Prime Minister David Cameron visits. It previously has disclosed such information for previous dinners.
The White House drew criticism in November 2008 when it hosted a dinner for foreign leaders working to resolve the global economic crisis, and its menu included fruitwood-smoked quail with quince gastrique; quinoa risotto; thyme-roasted rack of lamb; tomato, fennel and eggplant fondue; a salad course of endive, baked brie and walnuts; and a pear torte to cap the meal. Among the wines: bottles of Shafer Cabernet "Hillside Select" 2003 — then about $300 per bottle — for the main course.