On White House Dinner Menus, List Of Typos

The Obama White House hosted its first state dinner Wednesday night. It was a perfect night full of pomp and circumstance — except for one small detail: typos on the menu.

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MICHELE NORRIS, host:

And while we're on the topic of wine, a quick mention now of the wine served at last night's state dinner at the White House. Apparently some small details were overlooked.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

If you're a wine snob, or to put it nicely, very into wine, you might be aghast at what you're about to hear. The White House menu included several typos. So if you know your varietals well, you would know that Grenache is spelled G-R-E-N-A-C-H-E, but the menu put an A in the place of that first E.

NORRIS: And if hail from Oregon, you would know the proper spelling for Willamette, as in Willamette Valley, it is spelled with two Ls.

BLOCK: But in describing where last night's Oregon Riesling was bottled, the White House menu spelled Willamette with just one L. And the final typo was for the last bottle of the evening, a sparkling wine from nearby Virginia, it's called Thibaut-Janisson Brut. And, don't you know, they left out the dash between Thibaut and Janisson.

NORRIS: Not a big deal, that's what Claude Thibaut told us today. He's just pleased guests were able to enjoy his wine at last night's White House state dinner.

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