Text Size:-+
10.31.2007

26th Annual Beaujolais and Beyond Tasting: November 17, San Francisco

lasoiree_beaujolais.jpgEvery year on the third Thursday in November, the French have a tradition of celebrating the harvest by drinking Beaujolais Nouveau, the very young wine made from the first pressings of Gamay grapes picked only a month or two earlier. These "traditional" celebrations often tend to be drunk-fests of the first order, made all the worse by the fact that they involve wine that is quite close to undrinkable in my personal opinion.

This year, there's may be more or less to celebrate depending on your point of view. The harvest in France seemed to only barely recover after a spate of bad weather and mildew this summer. But recover it did, and there will be wine, though its quality will be extremely variable.

And here in San Francisco, the harvest celebration for Beaujolais Nouveau takes on a much more civilized aspect when thrown by the French American Chamber of Commerce, as they have been doing for decades. However, it's not on the third Thursday (it's on a Saturday), and perhaps best of all, they pour more than just Beaujolais Nouveau wine.

Every year, the Nouveau release date is used as an excuse to celebrate the wine, the harvest, and in fact, all things French. Something certainly worth doing, especially as memories of freedom fries linger in our collective unconscious.

Held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown San Francisco, "La Soiree" as it is called, will be an evening of wine tasting, food, and music. The tasting is the highlight of the evening, but the event begins earlier in the day. From 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM there is a marketplace of holiday goods with a French flair to browse through; a silent auction of various prizes; and a special sparkling wine tasting from 2:30 to 4:30 which they say is only open to "professionals" though I'm not sure exactly what that means.

The main wine and food tasting event gets started around 5:30 and goes until 9:30 or until the DJ stops spinning. There aren't a huge number of wines on offer, so this isn't one of those events to attend in order to educate your palate, but I have received reports from readers that it's a relatively good party, and so may be worth going to on those grounds, rather than with wine tasting notebook in hand.

26th Annual Beaujolais and Beyond Festival
Saturday, November 17th
5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
The Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tickets are $60 for most folks (who don't happen to be members of the French American Chamber of Commerce) if purchased in advance online. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $70.

Buy My Book!

small_final_covershot_dropshadow.jpg A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. Learn more.

Follow Me On:

Twitter Facebook Pinterest Instagram Delectable Flipboard

Most Recent Entries

Vinography Images: Cold Snap Cincinnati Here I Come! Happy Thanksgiving from Vinography Vinography Unboxed: Week of November 23, 2014 Putting a Cork in Your Thanksgiving Wine Anxiety Plumbing the Depths of Portugal: A Tasting Journey Vinography Images: Rain at Last The Mysterious Art of Selling Direct Critical Consolidation in Wine What Has California Got Against Wineries?

Favorite Posts From the Archives

Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 Királyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy

Archives by Month

 

Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson The World's Greatest Wine Estates by Robert M. Parker, Jr.