Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes, and the day dedicated to it is basically just a huge celebration of the season’s first harvest. And since we’re all about holidays dedicated specifically to alcohol, we’re presenting you with a guide to Beaujolais Nouveau Day for 2015.
Beaujolais Nouveau Day lands the third Thursday of November, making it November 19. Under French law, wine is released right at 12:01 a.m. on the holiday, the beginning of a huge celebration for the first wine of the season. It tends to not be good wine. Whatever. It’s fun. See…
Here’s where you can have fun.
Bistrot Du Coin
1738 Connecticut Ave. NW
This French restaurant is celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau on Wednesday, November 18, with 2 dinner seating at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. There’s even going to be music by DJ DeClau. I have no idea who that is, but he seems hella French.
Le Chat Noir
4907 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Le Chat Noir’s chef has created a special menu for Beaujolais nouveau, with dished inspired by the Beaujolais region. For $39.95, you get a three-course meal and Beaujolais nouveau on the house.
ENO Wine Bar
2810 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
ENO is will be offering exclusive wine and exclusive discounts for the month of November – such as the Dupeuble 2015 Beaujolais Nouveau, which is low in acidity and has strong fruity notes. On November 19, ENO is remembering the 129 victims of the Paris attacks with the French colors illuminated over the wine bar. Use the hashtag #ENOPrayersforParis to show your support.
The Alliance Française de Washington D.C. @ the French Embassy
4101 Reservoir Rd. NW
Join the AFDC at the French Embassy for the annual uncorking of the Beaujoalis Nouveau wine on Friday, November 20. The fundraiser’s VIP guests will be allowed in for a special reception starting at 6:30 p.m., and general admission ticket holders can come through starting at 8 p.m. Drink wine, eat cheese, and listen to DJ Princess Slaya’s French/American playlist.
The D.C. Center
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW
For $20 in advance (or $25 at the door if you forgot to buy tickets), you can go to the fourth annual Beaujolais Nouveau party presented by Center Women. Their largest annual event for lesbian, bi, and trans women is on Thursday, November 19 at 7 p.m.
1940 11th St. NW
For $11 you can get a glass of 2013 Marcel Lapierre Morgon and for an extra $5 ($14) you can get a glass of 2011 Jean Foillard Fleurie. The older the wine the more expensive the glass. Vinoteca will be showcasing these two wines on Thursday, November 19.
And because you’ll be ‘enjoying’ French wine, please consider donating to one of the following charities aiding France.