Wine lovers around the world thirstily anticipate the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. The first wine of the harvest, French law dictates that Beaujolais Nouveau is released at one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of November. And, when this young and fruit-forward red wine made from the Gamay grape makes her grand entrance, the celebrations begin! I have a special place in my heart for Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau - it was the first bottle of wine that my Dad gave me when I turned 18.
If you are in New York City on November 15th, join in the fun by taking a stroll down Rue des Beaujolais. This day-long soiree will transform 451 Washington Street into Rue des Beaujolais and is being live streamed with the celebration in Lyon, France. Event highlights include a tasting of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau and all 10 crus of Beaujolais, a book signing with culinary ambassador Jacques Pepin, live music by Franglais, prix-fixe meals (lunch $25, dinner $35) served buffet style by Capsouto Frères, and Franck Duboeuf (co-owner of Les Vins de Georges Duboeuf) will be in attendance.
“I am happy to transform my restaurant Capsouto Frères into a Beaujolais plaza, with street signs to all 9 cru villages and an almost life size rendition of the famous Moulin à Vent!,” said Jacques Capsouto, President of the Compagnons du Beaujolais, Devoir de NY.
Sounds like Rue Des Beaujolais is going to be quite a celebration!
UPDATE: Due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, the location for this event has changed to L'Express (249 Park Avenue South). Visit ruedesbeaujolais.com and compagnonsdubeaujolaisny.com for more details.