La soirée Beaujolais


Every year for 62 years now, all around France on the third Thursday of November, people celebrate “le Beaujolais Nouveau”. It’s a celebration of the year’s new batch of Beaujolais wine from, as you may have guessed, the Beaujolais region of France, located a bit north of Lyon. Map courtesy of WikipediaFile:Carte vignoble beaujolais.png. The bars are decorated for the occasion, as are the wine bottles. It’s a time to go out with your friends, meet some new people, and most of all, to try the wine, kick back, and enjoy. Especially if you’re an assistant who doesn’t work on Fridays. Jealous? Not being much of a wine connoisseur despite the best efforts of my friend John to teach my roommates and I in college, I cannot usually tell when a wine is good or not. All I know is, I usually don’t much like red wines and Beaujolais is a red wine, but much more on the sweeter side. In my best effort to mimic John’s wine descriptions, the wine has a smooth, velvety texture and is very easy to drink with hardly any mineral aftertaste. It has a strong fruity flavor, almost like cherries. I went out to the Fox Tavern with a few assistants and a French friend to get in on the celebration. My French friend knew one of the barmen and, being French, knew a bit more about the history of the event than we did, so that was cool. There was a guy there doing calligraphy for free, so all of we assistants got our names calligraphied. It was a nice, relaxing evening participating in a cultural event I’d never realized existed and getting to learn more about French wine culture, the “terroir”.


About Quiche Lauren

A blog by an English teaching assistant in Nîmes (Académie de Montpellier) through the TAPIF program.
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