French v. California champagne controversy on Capitol Hill for the inauguration luncheon – -no, I am not kidding (read FNC’s Chad Pergram’s note below)

View of the Capitol from Russell Senate Office Building

Maybe instead of fighting over champagne, they should figure out the debt ceiling problem? See Chad’s email below:


Urgent: Joint Congressional Inaugural Committee says inauguration lunch champagne doesn’t violate law


Per Pergram-Capitol Hill


The champagane lobby expressed outrage earlier that the “California champagne” being served at the inauguration lunch at the Capitol after President Obama is sworn-in should not be called that…since it’s from California and not from the Champagne region of France.


But the Joint Inaugural Committee says the

Champagne Bureau, a lobbying organization is wrong.


The bottles will be labeled “Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée Champagne, California.”


The committee says that does not violate the law as a 2006 agreement allows such sparkling wines from California to be classified as such, even if they are not from the Champagne region of France.


What matters is the label on the bottle. And the committee says that meets the terms of the accord.


Statement below.


“The Champagne Lobby should have a glass of their own product and relax. We are proud to be serving American Champagne at the Inauguration, and its location of origin will be appropriately displayed on the label and the menu in accordance with the law, and international treaties.” – Matt House, spokesman, Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies


Chad Pergram

FOX News

Senior Producer for Capitol Hill