Charming, young, unassuming, Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine to be celebrated. And celebrate is what people do around the globe on Beaujolais Nouveau Day, always the third Thursday of November--this year falling on November 21.
The wines taste sweetest right after midnight when they are released--a tradition dating back to the late 1960s--that French law decrees the wines must be held until one second after midnight on release day.
Made from handpicked Gamay grapes, grown in the Beaujolais region of France, the wine is released just weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested.
This year, seventy million bottles have been produced and will be distributed around the world with Japan, Germany and the United States in addition to France receiving the lion's share.
Beaujolais Nouveau, is an affordable easy to drink fruity red wine that pairs well with many foods from pizza to Thanksgiving fare. The purple-pink hued wine is dominated by flavors such as banana, fig and pear. Wine snobs may turn up their nose at the wine but it is loved by the masses. You may want to pick up some of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau to serve with your Thanksgiving turkey.
Here are some celebrations around Chicago:
1. Chicago's French Market will be holding complimentary Beaujolais Nouveau tastings on Thursday, November 21 at Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, November 23 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
2. Mon Ami Gabi is celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau Week featuring specials including a Beaujolais-Style Cream of Garlic & White Bean soup, Sauteed Sea Trout over Roasted Red Potatoes, Brussel Sprout Leaves, Caramelized Garlic and a Beaujolais Bacon Sauce. The celebration runs Thursday, November 21st through Wednesday, November 27th.
3. Oceanique Restaurant in Evanston, will celebrate the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau wines with a special Harvest Celebration dinner on Friday, November 22. 505 Main Street, Evanston 847 864 3435.
4. In honor of the French tradition, Untitled will host a complimentary French-inspired tasting event with hors d’oeuvres, samplings of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf and a lively cabaret concert on Thanksgiving Eve, November 27.
5. In honor of Beaujolais Nouveau, Paris Club is debuting a special seasonal Vin Chaud cocktail with Beaujolais, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, served warm.
6. La Grange's 11th annual salute to Beaujolais Nouveau takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on November 21. The town celebrates with a Wine Tasting pub crawl that travels to 6-8 different restaurants in downtown La Grange. Guests can sample 18-20 different wines as well as appetizers. Tickets are $45 per individual or $80 for two.
7. Bistronomic is offering a Celebratory Beaujolais Nouveau three-course prix fixe dinner menu on Beaujolais Nouveau Day, November 21. The meal created by Chef/Owner Martial Noguier, uses local and seasonal ingredients selected to pair well with the new vintage and commemorate the long-standing French tradition. The price per person is $39 exclusive of tax and gratuity.
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