Today Sees the Release of Beaujolais Nouveau

Today the wine world (except for exasperating cork dorks who seem to increasingly hate on the day) celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau. The first wine from the 2013 harvest.

In Philadelphia, Midtown Village goes French for the night with a series of events at the neighborhood’s restaurants and boutiques. There are free samples, specials and sales galore.

Full list of Beaujolais Nouveau events in Midtown Village (PDF).

Both Tria Cafe locations are pouring Beaujolais Nouveau, Domaine Dupeuble, ’13  for the discounted price of $7. And as they say, “a little youthful immaturity can be a good thing. (If you’re a wine.)”

McCrossen’s is another bar celebrating the 2013 harvest and will be pouring $8 glasses of the young wine.

At Bistrot La Minette, Peter Woolsey is putting together a special dinner that will include, of course, a tasting of the 2013 Beaujolais Nouveau, but it  also Cru Beaujolais wines of previous years, wines that hold their own with many of the best vintages of France. Check out the full four-course, $35 menu here.

At Bistro St. Tropez, chef Patrice Rames has designed a menu to highlight the wines of the Beaujolais region. Through Saturday, November 23rd, guests can choose from a five-course Beaujolais Degustation Menu for $48 or a three-course Tasting Menu for $38. Beaujolais wine pairings are offered at $24 for 5 courses (a $30 value) and $18 for 3 courses.

And if you are looking for a little more maturity in your Beaujolais, Trey Popp checked out three Beujolais beyond the Nouveau at