I am not a Frenchman, but I know one. He's Pascal Olhats, the owner/chef of Brasserie Pascal and others. And Frenchmen, especially chefs like Olhats who know wine, are celebrating this Thursday's release of the 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau.
Since I'm not oenophile, I had to rely on Wikipedia for this tibdit: "Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks then officially released for sale on the third Thursday of November."
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This Thursday, then, is the day. And Olhats and crew have told me that they're really excited to celebrate its arrival.
"The French will find any excuse to have a good time!" Olhats said.
They'll be hosting their annual "Wine Tasting Celebration" at the Epicerie (next door to Tradition) on Thursday, November 19th, and then a "Dinner Celebration" at Tradition by Pascal on Friday, November 20th. There will be accordion music.
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