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‘Beaujolais at the Park’ returns to Beaver Creek

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK ” The third Thursday of November signals the release of Beaujolais Nouveau, a unique wine that is designed to be enjoyed young instead of waiting for it to mature. The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is celebrating this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau with a release party, “Beaujolais at the Park” tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is $25 and includes Beaujolais Nouveau, hors d’oeuvres and complimentary valet parking. Guests can also enjoy a specially priced $32 three-course dinner tasting menu and a $99 locals lodging package.

“The release of the Beaujolais Nouveau is one of the annual treats in the wine world,” explains Bivans executive chef Pascal Coudouy. “I’m very excited that we are able to offer this experience to the people of Colorado.”

Reservations are suggested. For more details on the lodging special and to experience “Beaujolais Nouveau at the Park”, please call 827-6600.

1. Beaujolais Nouveau is always released the third Thursday of November, regardless of the start of the harvest.

2. The region of Beaujolais is 34 miles long from north to south and seven to nine miles wide. There are nearly 4,000 grape growers who make their living in this picturesque region just north of France’s third largest city, Lyon.

3. All the grapes in the Beaujolais region must be picked by hand. These are the only vineyards, along with Champagne, where hand harvesting is mandatory.

4. Gamay (Gamay noir à Jus Blanc) is the only grape permitted for Beaujolais. While certain California wineries may label their wine “Gamay Beaujolais,” this is not the same grape variety as what is grown in France, and is quite different in taste and growing habits.

5. Beaujolais Nouveau cannot be made from grapes grown in the 10 crus (great growths) of Beaujolais ” only from grapes coming from the appellations of Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages.

6. Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration ” also called whole berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the wine, without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.

7. Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be drunk young ” in average vintages it should be consumed by the following May after its release. However, in excellent vintages (such as 2000), the wine can live much longer and can be enjoyed until the next harvest rolls around.

8. Serve Beaujolais Nouveau slightly cool, at about 55 degrees Fahrenheit ” the wine is more refreshing and its forward fruit more apparent than if served at room temperature.

9. Approximately 1/3 of the entire crop of the Beaujolais region is sold as Beaujolais Nouveau.

10. The region of Beaujolais is known for its fabulous food. The famed Paul Bocuse Restaurant is just minutes from the heart of Beaujolais, as is Georges Blanc’s eponymous culinary temple. These great restaurants have plenty of Beaujolais on their wine lists. This quintessential food wine goes well with either haute cuisine or Tuesday night’s meat loaf.

” Source: http://www.intowine.com.

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