The Toast of the Presidential Inaugural

A Ronald Reagan tradition lives on with this eighth inauguration California champagne toast.

Published on: Jan 16, 2013

When Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States, this historic event will once again be toasted with flutes of Korbel California Champagne. 

On January 21st, 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.

2013 marks the eighth Presidential Inauguration in which Korbel Champagne Cellars, producer of America's favorite premium champagne, has been selected for this prestigious honor. This Korbel 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.

Korbel Champagne Cellars will be there to toast President Barack Obama at the 2013 Congressional Luncheon immediately following the public Swearing-In Ceremony on January 21, 2013. This marks the eighth Presidential Inauguraton in which Korbel has been selected for this prestigious honor. Korbel Russian River Valley Natural Champagne – featuring a commemorative neck label including the Inaugural Seal – will be served and raised in toasts to the Obama administration.
Korbel Champagne Cellars will be there to toast President Barack Obama at the 2013 Congressional Luncheon immediately following the public Swearing-In Ceremony on January 21, 2013. This marks the eighth Presidential Inauguraton in which Korbel has been selected for this prestigious honor. Korbel Russian River Valley Natural Champagne – featuring a commemorative neck label including the Inaugural Seal – will be served and raised in toasts to the Obama administration.

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 (JCCIC) 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.

"Such a historic celebration deserves to be toasted with American champagne with roots in our country's most memorable occasions," observed Gary Heck, President and Owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars.  "We are honored that Korbel – celebrating its 130th anniversary – will once again be on hand for this prestigious tradition."

Established in 1882 in Sonoma County's Russian River Valley, Korbel Champagne Cellars produces the United States' most popular méthode champenoise champagne.