Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and further afield to celebrate the first wine of the season.
For years I would have a party...It was a great tradition which quickly got out of hand in regards to the size of the party. The pictures below of our last party held in our NYC apartment...small intimate group...
What Kind of Wine Is It? The vast majority of Beaujolais Nouveau is made from Gamay, a thin-skinned purplish-red grape that yields a wine with flavors and aromas of fresh raspberries, tart cherries (some folks even say tutti frutti), and pink and purple flowers. Some producers blend gamay with its relative, pinot noir, or aligoté, a white grape which also grows in the region. Beaujolais Nouveau is light, fruity and fresh, and meant to be consumed sooner rather than later, so drink up!
Where’s the Party This Year?Beaujolais Nouveau typically makes landfall in the US a few days after its French release, and several restaurants are planning to celebrate in style:
• Ocean Place Resort and Spa, Long Branch
Beginning November 19, diners at Seaview Restaurant and Lounge can sample a French-inspired prix-fixe menu from Chef Peter Csikos, including Louis Jadot Beaujolais Nouveau. For reservations call 732-571-4000 or log onto OpenTable.com.
• Chez Catherine, Westfield
This Westfield classic restaurant is offering a Beaujolais Nouveau dinner featuring a French menu loaded with food from the region.
• Verjus Restaurant, Maplewood.
Verjus Restaurant is planning a celebration on Friday, November 20. The restaurant will offer 2015 Les Grandes Coasses Beaujolais Nouveau and 2015 Domaine de la Madone Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau to complement their $45 prix-fixe dinner menu. For more info or reservations, call 973-378-8990 or log onto log onto OpenTable.com.
• Madeleine’s Petit Paris, Northvale.
This French-owned restaurant and catering venue will host its Beaujolais Nouveau dinner on Sunday, November 22, with a menu that highlights the culinary creations of Lyon, France’s second-largest city, culinary mecca, and neighbor to the Beaujolais region. For more info or reservations, call (201) 767-0063.