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Beaujolais Nouveau is coming!

Submitted by on November 11, 2011 – 12:11 amNo Comment

Special to Road Trips for Wine
By the French Government Tourist Office

Every year, the third Thursday in November is named Beaujolais Nouveau day, which, according to a French law created in 1985, is the first day that the year’s vintage may be distributed. Falling on November 17 in 2011, this festive day celebrates the arrival of the perennial wine produced from twelve different Beaujolais appellations, spanning both the southern part of Burgundy and northern part of the Rhone-Alps.

As soon as midnight hits on Wednesday eve, towns around France, and now around the world, revel in the new harvest, with bottles flowing from restaurants and bars, and spectacles hitting the streets. In Lyon, the Beauj’olympiades festival is hosted, lighting up the city with fireworks, music and two days of wine tastings. In Paris bistros and restaurants, the new wine is served and celebrated as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

The most grandiose celebration takes place in the heart of the harvest area in the town of Beaujeau. Since 1989, Les Sarmentelles festival has been celebrating the new Beaujolais vintage with copious wine tastings, festive dancing, revelers singing French drinking songs in the streets, and nighttime street fairs.

The Sarmentelles festival, derived from the word sarment, meaning grapevine cuttings, launches on the eve of Beaujolais Nouveau day. Right before midnight on Wednesday, the festivities commence with an annual ceremony, marked by a torch-lit parade down the streets of Beaujeu, and the burning of the leftover vines. As soon as midnight strikes, the barrels flow with the brand new wine and the streets explode with conviviality.

Following this grand revelry on Thursday, the next three days welcome a Beaujolais wine fair, showcasing the winemakers from all 12 Beaujolais appellations. Other weekend events include a country ball, a French pop music performance, and an organic and sustainable development fair. During the festivities, a tasting competition is held, where participants must identify the Beaujolais appellations of the wines they taste; as an incentive, the winner will take home his or her weight in wine.

For information on touring the region, check out the website of the Office de Tourisme au coeur du Beaujolais.

(Photo courtesy of Les Sarmentelles)

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