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5 Ways To Celebrate The Release of Beaujolais Nouveau 2011

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Wed, Nov 16, 2011 at 2:00 PM

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Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé! Did you know that the 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau wines are being released at midnight tomorrow,Thursday, the 17th? Are you excited? The vintners of France would very much like you to be, and they would like you to buy a bottle or four, uncork them (they aren't meant to be aged anyway) and join the revelry. They certainly have spent lots of energy telling the world the third Thursday in November is the premier of their very young (6-8 weeks from harvest) Gamay grape wine. The first wine available each year, it's commonly seen as a barometer of the vintage as a whole and is a pretty big (if not silly) deal in France. They have whipped things in to such a frenzy that there are now races to distribute bottles around the world and when it lands, merriment ensues.

In the spirit of drinking for no real reason other than pure 21+ fun (see: St. Patricks Day), we give you five ways for five different types to imbibe in a wine that's celebrated for its youth, jet setting and for just being a flirty good time. It may be from France, but it fits right in here in L.A. How could we resist bubblegum vino?

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5. For the Party Crowd: Join the Club Culinaire of French Cuisine as they host the Beaujolais Passions party featuring Georges Dubɶuf Beaujolais Nouveau wine at the Beverly Hills Country Club this Friday, November 18th. The $50 ticket price includes one glass of wine, food and entertainment. (Okay, and "networking with European Dignitaries" which we secretly hope means Steve Martin posing as Inspector Clouseau, though we highly doubt it.) As the force behind all the hype, the Georges Dubɶuf brand is known more for creating a sensation than a serious wine, so this fete seems in keeping with their image.

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  • Rachael Narins
4. For the Smart Set: Visit Domaine LA. Proprietress Jill Bernheimer will be opening three selections from smaller wineries for an intimate tasting. The wines -- which are available in limited quantities -- are all natural, meaning the wine makers focus on organic farming and do not use commercial yeasts. The selection includes 2011 Maison Pur, Cyril Alonzo and Florian Looze ($18), 2011 Maison Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau ($18) and the 2011 Jean Foillard Beaujolais Nouveau ($20).

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