On the fourth Thursday in November, we celebrate one of our most important national holidays, Thanksgiving.
On the third Thursday in November, France celebrates too. But instead of busting out the turkey and cranberries, the French break out barrels and bottles for "Beaujolais Day." It's the celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau, a seasonal wine that collectively comes to maturity right in the middle of November.
Beaujolais Nouveau is a vin de primeur, meaning it ferments and ages for mere weeks (as opposed to months or years). As a table wine, it's widely approachable -- the flavors are fruity and ripe, with very little sharp acidity or tannin heaviness. In France, this oddly makes Beaujolais more of a spring wine than a fall or winter drinker. But here in Florida, the weather's perfect for a glass and a stroll in the "autumn" air (is that what this is?).
You can do just that on Friday, November 19, when the Village at Gulfstream Park hosts a Beaujolais Day of its own. The 2010 Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Festival
will feature dozens of French wines scattered throughout 13 of
Gulfstream Park's bars, restaurants, and shops. Show up at 7 p.m. and
you can sample the wines as you hop from location to location.
The Village's restaurants and bars like Cantina Laredo, Brio Tuscan
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Grill, and Playwright Pub will also offer special prix fixe menus
all night. And a "waiter race" will give guests the chance to win $1,000
in cash prizes. The whole shebang is free to the first 250 guests and
runs till 10 p.m. Visit thevillagegulstreampark.com.