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Beaujolais Nouveau parties celebrate the wine to come

Cassie Pence
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EAGLE-VAIL – On every third Thursday of November, wine geeks drop their lofty descriptions – “It has a nose of vanilla toast, but a finish of ginger cherry pie” – and wallow in the pure joy that grape equals wine.On Thursday, Beaujolais Nouveau is released, the first wine people will taste from the 2006 harvest, and parties around the world are thrown in its honor. Made from the gamay grape, Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be drunk young, within the first year of its creation. It’s described as a mediocre wine, but what people are really celebrating is the future. Beaujolais Nouveau is a preview of what’s to come.”You drink it because it gives you an idea of what the wine of 2006 is going to be like from Burgundy,” said Park Hyatt Executive Chef Pascal Coudouy, who hails from Pyrenees in Southern France. “It’s a big festivity in every town and village, especially in Paris and Burgundy.”

Coudouy, along with the Park Hyatt and Southern Wine and Spirits, is hosting Beaujolais at the Park party at Antler Hall on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. Admission is $25 and includes Joseph Drouhin’s Beaujolais Nouveau, meats and cheeses, a grand prize drawing, complimentary valet parking and 50 percent off Bivans entrees. Call 827-6560 to make reservations.Eat! drink! in Edwards is also hosting a party for the young, fruity wine. For $40, attendees can drink limitless glasses of Joseph Drouhin’s Beaujolais Nouveau and eat an array of cheeses and charcuterie meats, as well as homemade coq au vin, a slow roasted chicken and mushroom concoction.”Drouhin comes in a keg, and the wooden casks is the main reason we order Drouhin,” Chris Irving, co-owner of eat! drink! said. “It’s fun drinking wine out of a keg because it’s almost like drinking it out of a wine barrel at a winery.”

For reservations, call eat! drink! at 926-1393.La Tour will again host its Beaujolais Nouveau party, but this time it takes place in the “red-room” bar. In addition to the wine, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., guests will receive 50 percent off the bar menu. Call 476-4403 for more information.

Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 748-2938 or Daily, Vail, Colorado CO

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