Every year, on the third Thursday of November, beaujolais nouveau — a French wine made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region — is released for sale. Enjoy it at Philadelphia bars and restaurants. (Credit: Shutterstock)
Kicking off the pre-holiday season with full glasses, Beaujolais Nouveau Day, a fruitful global indulgence, arrives this Thursday, November 15.
In addition to our helpful list of suggestions on where to enjoy the French vin in Midtown Village, we’ve compiled a roundup of locations throughout the city that will also take part in celebrating the product of the Gamay grape.
• Midtown Village: The entire neighborhood is once again celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau Day, as we mentioned above. Check out all the details here.
• McCrossen’s Tavern: Thursday morning, the Fairmount watering hole will receive a shipment from France of the world’s largest annual wine release. Starting after 6 p.m., McCrossen’s will pour four Beaujolais Nouveau variations alongside $5 plates of paté, duck confit stuffing, juniper pork belly and brandade en croute.
• Bistro St. Tropez: Chef Patrice Rames will serve a Beaujolais region-inspired three-course menu with options like boeuf bourguignon, pan seared skate, French onion soup and tarte tatin for $35 with an optional wine pairing showcasing Gamay varieties at $48.
• Chez Georges: The downstairs lounge at Le Bec-Fin acknowledges the French tradition a day late on Friday, November 16 with a special prix-fixe three-course menu prepared by Chef Walter Abrams at $55 per person. Reservations can be made for 6 and 8 p.m. by calling (215) 567-1000.
• Jet Wine Bar: The South Street wine bar releases bottles of the Beaujolais region’s Domaine Pral Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé for $8 a pour until they run out or you pass out.
• Tria Cafe: From 5 p.m. until close, Tria Cafe will feature two Beaujolais options, including a rare Beaujolais Blanc, at all three of their locations (Washington Square West, Rittenhouse and University City) for $6 and $9.50 glasses.
• Pinot Boutique: The Old City wine shop monthly “Regions” class is all about Beaujolais Nouveau sips offered Friday, November 16 from 7-8 p.m. A $19 ticket, far more affordable than an airline ticket to France, can be reserved online here ($24 at the door).
• Bridget Foy’s: Offering two wine options, annual Beaujolais dinner returns with a four-course tasting menu plating French onion soup, veal stew, an assortment of cheese and walnut tart served with a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau per couple for $45. Make a reservation by calling (215) 925-8000.
• McGillin’s Olde Ale House: McGillin’s sets their Irish traditions aside as they dish out half-off prices of French onion soup and $4 pours of Beaujolais from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Previously: Midtown Village Goes Parisian To Celebrate “Beaujolais Nouveau Day” With Neighborhood-Wide Wine Tastings, Special Menu Items, Discounts And More, Thursday, November 15
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