If you can’t tell your Beaujolais Nouveau from a Villages then now has never been a better time learn!
On Thursday November 19 – to coincide with the date of the official release of this years Beaujolais Nouveau – we’ll be hosting a small gathering (suitable for enthusiasts and novices alike), where our wine expert Melanie Reeves of (ex senior Sommelier at Vinopolis), will enlighten us on – why the French celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day – with pomp; circumstance and fireworks – and how this ‘new wine’ compares and contrasts with two other Beaujolais.
Beaujolais Nouveau began as an early release wine, drunk by vineyard workers, to celebrate the end of harvest (and probably to give the people something to drink for harvest work). Gradually, the wine started to appear at local cafés and bistros in Lyon and other towns of the Beaujolais region.
Beaujolais Nouveau started as a race to see who could deliver the new harvest’s wine to Paris first. From there it spread throughout Europe, and by the 1980’s North Americans had joined the party followed by Asia in the 1990’s. It’s so popular that one third of Beaujolais’ production is dedicated to the Nouveau style, with over 35 million bottles produced and distributed to 110 countries.
The atmosphere at our tasting will be warm, relaxed and friendly – with everyone seated around communal tables to encourage discussion, chat and mingling. Mel will provide the perfect balance of excellent wine choices, interesting and useful information and plenty of fun and laughs. There will also be a selection of cheeses and a charcuterie to accompany the tasting. And judging from the response and feedback from our launch event last year it’s bound to be a very lovely Thursday evening where you are guaranteed to try something different and meet someone new.
Don’t miss out on our next experience – which could be anything from an after dark museum visit to a ‘Question Time’ panel event or even a gin tasting – and your opportunity to meet, listen, learn, taste, explore.
Click here for details of our November 19 event and to purchase tickets.