A red wine fit for the White House

Presidential inauguration luncheons are renowned for featuring the crème de la crème of what our country has to offer. And President Obama’s second inauguration luncheon was certainly no exception. Hickory-grilled bison. Red potato horseradish cakes. And a 2009 merlot from Bedell Cellars, the winery that just happens to have Iowa State alum Trent Preszler (’98 Interdisciplinary Studies) at the helm.

Preszler has been at Bedell for 10 years where he quickly moved up the ranks from national brand manager to CEO. When he received the news that Bedell’s wine would be served at the inauguration luncheon, Preszler couldn’t have been more thrilled. After all, having your wine served to the president of the United States is a pretty good sign you’ve made it.

While he was on his Iowa State adventure, Preszler couldn’t have guessed that someday he’d be running a successful winery. But what he did know was that taking advantage of the opportunities at Iowa State was sure to help him along his journey. That’s why he became vice president of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Council. Legislative affairs director for the Government of the Student Body. And saxophonist for the Cyclone Football Varsity Marching Band. A list as diverse as the wine he now helps create.

At Iowa State, students can expect to find unlimited opportunities that help prepare them for any future adventure after college.