President Obama gave House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE (R-Ohio) a fruity Sangiovese on Friday.

The president gave BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerA warning to Ryan’s successor: The Speakership is no cakewalk With Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election MORE the bottle of wine as a birthday gift. Brendan Buck, Boehner's press secretary, tweeted a photo of the wine, apparently a 1997 Poggio Antico Brunello di Montalcino Altero.

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Its retail price ranges from $110 to $126.

“My understanding is tomorrow is Speaker Boehner’s birthday,” the president said at a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House earlier in the day. “So for those of you who want to wish him happy birthday, we will — we're not going to embarrass him with a cake, because we didn’t know how many candles were needed.”

“Yeah, right,” Boehner replied, giving Obama a friendly nudge.

Boehner turns 63 on Saturday.

The two men were meeting, along with other congressional and financial leaders, to begin negotiations to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, the expiration of the George W. Bush-era tax cuts and cuts to mandatory spending.

The 1997 vintage might also be a reference to the year of the last big bipartisan budget deal between former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWith Ryan out, let’s blow up the process for selecting the next Speaker When Barbara Bush praised Bill Clinton, and Clinton praised the man she loved Meet the Democratic sleeper candidate gunning for Senate in Nebraska MORE and Congress. That compromise — the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 — has been a touchstone for negotiators on both sides as leaders discuss how to balance Republican demands to cut taxes and Democrats' push to raise revenue.

Updated at 3:18 p.m.