Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 8:10 a.m.
Last year's vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau is making way for the new guy this Thursday
In America, there's a certain Thursday in November that wine drinkers look forward to. This is also true in France, but the holiday is a week earlier and it doesn't involve as much food, but it does involve a lot more wine. The point is, this Thursday is Beaujolais Nouveau Day!
When the clocks strike midnight on the third Thursday of each November, Frenchmen from Normandy to Alsace flood the bistros and brasseries to get their first taste of the year's latest Beaujolais -- a fruity, barely fermented, super-young red wine made from gamay grapes. The fervor, fun, and festivity surrounding the release of Beaujolais has since inspired other countries to follow in the tradition, with Italians celebrating Vino Novello Day, and now we even honor nouveau wines in the U.S. -- all on this upcoming third Thursday in November.
Want to start a tradition of your own? Head to Barbette in Uptown. From Thursday to Sunday this week, they'll be hosting a four-course dinner where you can sample Beaujolais Nouveau from popular French winemaker Joseph Drouhin.
Here's the menu:
Barbette's four-course fixed menu is $32 and will be offered Thursday and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 10:30.
The first course consists of a pumpkin soup with sage pesto and shaved nutmeg. Next will be your choice of escargot angnolotti with truffled celeriac puree, braised currants, and parsley salad or baked Camembert cheese with cherry mostarda. The third course smartly features turkey, but in the form of a roulade with wild rice boudin, poached pearl onions, King Oyster mushrooms, and brandied chestnut puree, or a roasted beet and pecorino risotto for a vegetarian option. Finally the dessert course will feature either a cheese plate with Castle Rock smoky blue cheese, triple creme St. Andre, pomegranate, and aged honey, or some autumnal kabocha squash beignets with spiced creme fraiche and pecan brittle.
The Beaujolais Nouveau is going for $9 a glass or $34 bottle. Reservations are encouraged. Call 612.827.5710