The leaves are on the streets and no longer on their branches. Thanksgiving plans are being discussed, recipes are being chosen and shopping lists are being drafted. It is that time of year when we are on the brink of the holiday season; and we cannot escape it. One thing that I always look forward to, which eases me into the holiday spirit, is the anxiously-awaited release of the Beaujolais Nouveau wine. The third Thursday of November marks the traditional release of this very popular young wine made from the Gamay grape of the Beaujolais region of France. This wine is released after a short fermentation period and bottled for the holiday season. This fresh red has fruity tones and a clean and dry finish. You will find this wine extremely easy to drink, especially when cooled slightly. Beaujolais Nouveau is the perfect wine to drink from Thanksgiving to New Years Day.
Beaujolais Nouveau 2011 will be released this Thursday, November 17th. There is no better way to celebrate this event than to head to Midtown Village in Center City for all things Beaujolais and all things French. From 5pm-8pm, Midtown Village bars, restaurants and retailers will be offering an array of tastings, menu specials and retail items honoring this special day. Barbuzzo will be featuring - Winemaker's Picnic charcuterie, cheese and Beaujolais. Head to El Vez for Beaujolais Sangria and Zavino for Sparkling Beaujolais Cocktails. Check out Midtown Village for more information on this exciting French evening. Be there and be sure to get a few bottles or a case (wink) of the 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau.