Beaujolais Nouveau Pours Thursday

Photo via Tria Cafe

On November 3rd of each year, over one million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau are shipped across the world in anticipation of the first taste of the new harvest. This Thursday the waiting will be over and it will be time to try this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau.

Join fellow Philadelphians in celebrating the third Thursday in November and the harvest’s first wine, with special deals and food pairings throughout the city.

  • Midtown Village: The restaurants, bars and shops of Midtown Village go all out for the day with Georges Dubœuf.
  • Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro: $7 a glass all night with silent auctions of gift baskets. A proceed of sales from the night will be donated to the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief aid.
  • All Three Tria Locations: Two Beaujolais options: Beaujolais Blanc Pierres Dorée, Domaine Pral, ’11 $6 or the Beaujolais Nouveau, Domaine Dupeuble, ’13  $6 being served all night beginning at 5 p.m.
  • Bridget Foy: Domaine Marion Pral Beaujolais Nouveau  or Domaine Marion Pral Beaujolais Nouveau Rose for $8 glass / $32 bottle. Also accompanying the Beaujolais are French classics like steak frites and crème brulee.
  • McCrossen’s Tavern: Drink and be merry at McCrossens with $5 small plates paired with Beaujolais selected by chef Townsend Wentz who will also pair a Cru Beaujolais with a Beaujolais Rose.
  • Bistrot la Minette: For $45 you can enjoy a four course tasting menu with Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée (French onion soup), Blanquette de Veau (veal stew), Assiette de Fromage (cheese course) and Tarte au Noix (walnut tart) and a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau per couple.
  • Chez Georges at Le Bec Fin: On Friday, November 16th, Le Bec Fin celebrates the new harves with a special prix fixe menu at Chez Georges.  There will be seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.,  the 3-course meal will be $55.
  • The Rittenhouse Square spot has been pouring a variety of Beaujolais all week. Friday it will be Nouveau from Dupueble and JP Brum.

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  • JetJill

    and Jet will also be pouring: Domaine Marion Pral Beaujolais Nouveau Rose AND the neuer wein Stargazers Dornfelder from PA – both $8/glass

  • Katie Loeb

    Am I the only one that envisions George DuBoeuf dancing through the streets of Beaujolais every November laughing like a mental patient and rubbing his hands together with glee as he says “Stoopid Americains!!! I am going to sell them OCEANS of sub-par wine and they will LOVE it!! Bwahahahaha!!!”

  • Christian Vanneque

    The 2012 harvest in France was the worst in recent memory. This plunk will taste even more rancid than usual.

  • Katie Loeb

    The Nouveau is almost always awful, at least to my taste. Tastes like grape flavored bubble gum. Blech! Cru Beaujolais, on the other hand, can be quite lovely and is available year around with no special release dates or artificial hype attached. Tends to be smaller yields and higher quality. I’ll stick with that stuff, myself.

  • JetJill

    It isn’t meant to be a “serious” wine – it is meant to be a fun celebration of the harvest and the first wines from it. Nor is it limited to France, or Beaujolais! Certainly the world-wide interest in the release of Beaujolais Nouveau is due to marketing success, but it remains a fun event on the calendar.

  • Chris

    Yes, but certainly more fun in France where it is more like two euro chuck. Marketing for the win!

  • Katie Loeb

    Exactly. Big time marketing bucks have turned this into an “event”. I have no problem with anyone drinking whatever they like, but turning the release of mediocre wine into some sort of false holiday in a country that has no horse in that race seems disingenuous at best, and like the French are preying on our lack of sophisticated wine palates at worst. There are so many better quality wines available in the same price range. And I could throw a party because it’s Thursday if that’s the only excuse I needed. But whatever. Vodka is like the tofu of the spirit world and folks love it. I still pour it for them. I’d rather drink gin or bourbon because they actually have an identifiable flavor. But this is why there’s chocolate and vanilla.

  • JetJill

    Again, it is a misconception that the celebration is about the actual wine in the beaujolais nouveau (or neuer wein, or novello) bottle. Said wine represents the new vintage – some of which won’t be released for years. Local vineyards can (and do) have fun with the same thing (Like Stargzers Neue Dornfelder). Beaujolais Nouveau has, basically, become synonymous with the new vintage of the whole of the wine world. It is a great opportunity for wine lovers to share excitement about the new vintage – or groan about the poor crop.

  • Dan

    Let’s be serious. You can’t get good wine at a wine bar or any bar period in Philadelphia. At least not without paying through the nose.

    The wines that are being sold at $11 a glass here are from $10-15 bottles. To confirm this, check wine searcher and cellar tracker next time you are at a bar.

    I do not blame the bar owners, I blame the PLCB. They will not give the quantity discounts that any rational supplier would. In fact, it is my understanding they are prohibited from doing so. You can’t negotiate directly with wineries so the bars and consumers are out of luck.

    If you are really interested in good to great wine you must buy the bottles yourself.

  • Tod

    You CAN get good wine, interesting wine, and unique wine at bars/restaurants in Philly! Many work hard to procure the best for the price, regardless of the extra cost charged by the state. You have to look for businesses that care about their products and guest satisfaction. You will not, however, find a glass of wine for $10 that is from a bottle that costs $20. Again, businesses that take pride in searching for, investing in, and educating clients in quality wines they may have not heard of often will be the best “value”. Businesses that carry a “house chard” or “house cab” are probably not giving you the best opportunity to taste, learn, and grow.

  • Xavier

    Speaking in absolutes is tough, but at least people are buying Beaujolais and not KJ or Bud Light. After all, its just juice.

  • CM

    The release of Beaujolais Nouveau might be more fun if it could be sold for no more than $4 a glass. But not being a big fan to begin with, $7 or $8 is just not worth it to me.

  • I agree with Katie Loeb, only I wish she Would throw a party where we take a little taste of these New Voe D’Oh! wines, spit ’em out and let her make us a Real drink we could enjoy [bartender’s choice, Ms. Loeb] instead of us pompously allowing ourselves to be led by the nose to BeauJoNou Ville. Can we mix That with 7-Up?