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Lieb Cellars 2013 Pinot Blanc (Credit: Vera Chinese)

U.S. representatives, their staff and wine writers were all offered a taste of Lieb Cellars 2013 Pinot Blanc at the Congressional Wine Caucus’s annual tasting event in D.C. last month.

The wine caucus, founded in 1999, is a bipartisan group dedicated to promoting wine and its importance to the economy. 152 Wineries from 25 states were represented with 204 wines poured at the annual event held at the Longworth Congressional Building on Capitol Hill.

The Long Island Wine Council submitted the vintage, Lieb’s signature wine, to the group on the winery’s behalf.

“Its always nice to hear when our wines are being tasted outside our immediate region, and this was a high profile tasting group,” said Lieb general manager Ami Opisso.

Virginia-based wine critic Richard Leahy raved about the Cutchogue vineyard’s offering, even calling it a “regular favorite.”

“This is a perfect, versatile summertime white,” he wrote in an online review of the event. “A faint, lightly lemon bouquet is followed by a surprisingly vibrant and racy lemon/citrus palate, refreshing and stylish, perfect for matching with shellfish.”