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May 25, 2017

Michelle Obama fans will be unsurprised to learn that the former first lady has fantastic taste in wine.

During the Obamas’ vacation in Italy last week, the couple visited the Gravner vineyard in northern Italy.

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While tasting nine different wines from the vineyard, Michelle became enamored with the “most difficult” wine on the menu, a Ribolla di Joska Gravner, which is “an orange-colored wine vinified like a red, aged in amphorae in Oslavia in the Collio Friulano.”

While sampling different wines, the former first lady asked many questions, showed a passionate interest and afterwards thanked everybody for teaching her so much, the sommelier on hand, Filippo Batolotta, told Corriere della Serra.

As for the former president, he admitted that he does not drink much but was impressed by the Italian wines. He reportedly asked the sommelier why the wine selection was so good, and Bartolotta responded with the ultimate Italian answer: “Easy. I chose the ones that I like.”

Bartolotta, an Italian wine journalist and critic, did not take the task of selecting the Obamas’ wine lightly. He curated a menu called “the amazing Italian wine journey” that highlighted some of the best wines to come out of Italy (and specifically Tuscany) over the past 10 years.

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Bartolotta also selected a few wines specifically for the former first couple. “I went to the Langhe for two bottles of Barolo Oddero of 1961, the birth year of the former president,” he said. “And I chose the 1964, the year of Michelle, Brunello di Montalcino Col d'Orcia. And Sassicaia 2009, when Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Between glasses of wine, the Obamas ate an Italian dinner prepared by three-Michelin starred chef Massimo Bottura.

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