1092 Bethel Rd
Columbus, OH 43220
Banners all over France — and the World — proclaim
“Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!”
So join us in this unique celebration of wine, food and friendship!
You will be the witness of the Beaujolais Nouveau Release here in Columbus
and also try other offerings from the prestigious Maison Joseph Drouhin
guided by Mark Kalachnik!
Saturday, November 18th 6:30pm
Four Wines, Four Courses
$75.95 per guest *plus tax
Call for Reservations 614-451-9774
Prepaid reservations required; 48 hour cancellation notice for full refund
A Service of Hors d’oeuvre
Smoked Salmon Rillette
Drouhin Saint Veran $18.99
French Country Terrine
Brie with Cassis Chutney
Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau $12.99
Confit of Duck
Drouhin Beaujolais Villages $15.99
Drouhin Brouilly Hospices de Belleville $24.99
History Behind the Third Thursday in November
At one past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, from little villages and towns like Romanèche-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world. Banners proclaim the good news: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! “The New Beaujolais has arrived!” One of the most frivolous and animated rituals in the wine world has begun.
By the time it is over, over 65 million bottles, nearly half of the region’s total annual production, will be distributed and drunk around the world. It has become a worldwide race to be the first to serve to this new wine of the harvest. In doing so, it has been carried by motorcycle, balloon, truck, helicopter, Concorde jet, elephant, runners and rickshaws to get it to its final destination. It is amazing to realize that just weeks before this wine was a cluster of grapes in a growers vineyard. But by an expeditious harvest, a rapid fermentation, and a speedy bottling, all is ready at the midnight hour. By French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is to be released no earlier than the third Thursday of November.
Apart from the fanfare, what makes Beaujolais Nouveau so popular? And especially in the U.S. where consumption of red wine is less than 30%? Simply put, Beaujolais Nouveau is as about as close to white wine as a red wine can get. Due to the way it is made -the must is pressed early after only three days- the phenolic compounds, in particular the astringent tannins, normally found in red wines, isn’t there, leaving an easy to drink, fruity wine. This, coupled with the fact that it tastes best when chilled, makes for a festive wine to be gulped rather than sipped, enjoyed in high spirits rather than critiqued. As a side note, it makes a great transitional wine for anyone wanting to move from white to red wines.Finally, the race from grape to glass may be silly, but half the fun is knowing that on the same night, in homes, cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and bistros around the world, the same celebration is taking place. It hasn’t the pedigree to be a classic wine, but it is always good. Any other opinion you may regard as boorish and uninformed.