Whine & Dine Whine & Dine

President of Poland Andrzej Duda came under fire after it was revealed that the King of Belgium was served a zł. 50 bottle of wine during a state visit to Poland in October. Speaking to Le Soir, the internationally acclaimed sommelier Erich Boschman led the criticism of the decision to serve 2011 Tauzinat l’Hermitage Saint-Émilion Grand Cru at an official banquet. “I don’t have anything against this wine, in fact, it’s good value and good fun to drink,” sniffed Boschman, “but one must remember the occasion, for entertaining the King and Queen of Belgium is not the same as having an old friend around for dinner.” Others, however, have defended Duda, claiming that the choice of wine demonstrated thoughtfulness – not least to the taxpayers footing the bill.

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