Happy Hour Hotline: Beaujolais Nouveau Edition
Brandon Wetherbee | Nov 19, 2013 | 10:30AM |

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau week! Before working at BYT I had no idea what Beaujolais Nouveau was! So, according to Wikipedia, “Beaujolais nouveau (French pronunciation: ​[bo.ʒɔ.lɛ nu.vo]) is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November. This “Beaujolais Nouveau Day” used to see heavy marketing, with races to get the first bottles to different markets around the globe. The current release practice is to ship the wine ahead of the third Thursday of November, and release it to the local markets at 12:01 am local time,” Day! In other words, happy drinking red wine late at night in the middle of the week!

Not to be a bragger/boaster/big deal, but BYT throws the best Beaujolais Nouveau party in DC, if not the US. How can we prove this? Because when you Google ‘Beaujolais Nouveau,’ this is what shows up:

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Notice that little photo? Here’s the photo as a not little photo:

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That’s us. That’s a photos from one of our Beaujolais Nouveau parties at 1905. This year’s party is sold-out but there will be some tickets released the day of the event, so if you may get in. We promise nothing. We want to see you there, but you know, sold-out. Thankfully, there are other ways to celebrate drinking wine in DC other than at 1905.

Bistrot du Coin
1738 Connecticut Avenue, NW

According to the Bistrot du Coin that appears to be made in 1998, the French restaurant will celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau on Wednesday at midnight. No cover and free wine in an actual French restaurant.

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Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

This restaurant’s third annual party appears to be a classier affair than our other options. For $150 per person, diner will enjoy a 5 course menu, live French gypsy jazz from Laissez Foure, ‘Parisian Cafe’ decor, wine games (not sure what wine games are but they probably involve wine) and, of course, Beaujolais Nouveau.

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The DC Center
2000 14th St, NW

Feel even better about your decision to drink wine at the second annual Center Women Present Beaujolais Nouveau at The DC Center. Meet new friends and support the LGBT center. Tickets are $20.

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La Maison Française at the Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Rd, NW

What screams FRANCE more than the Embassy of France? (The country screams it more but c’est la vie.) This annual event tends to sell-out (wine seems to be very popular), so consider purchasing tickets for this Friday’s event now. The early VIP hour already has already hit capacity. Some $60 tickets remain for the 8pm, three-hour celebration.

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The Local Vine Cellar
425 11th St NW

Not a fan of things like events and fun and like the word ‘anti’? You’re in luck! The Local Vine Cellar is having their Anti-Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration: The Complexity of Beaujolais Wines this Wednesday from 7 to 9pm. Celebrate but not celebrate at this tasting in a wine shop before actually celebrating in a restaurant!

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