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Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day
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By Hayeswire - Published on November 21, 2013.
It's the third Thursday in November, and you know what that means. Don't you? Yes, it's Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Each year, winegrowers in the Beaujolais region of France bottle a special vintage of red wine. It's made from grapes that were picked just a few weeks earlier and fermented quickly, meaning the wine is quite "new" (or "nouveau") when it's bottled and released. It's officially made available to the public at 12:01am on the third Thursday of November, inspiring release parties and festivals both in France and around the world. Tonight, Arlequin Wine Merchant (384A Hayes) will be hosting its 8th annual Beaujolais Bash to celebrate the big day. They'll be pouring samples from over 20 different Beaujolais labels. The event costs $35, and is scheduled from 6pm to 8pm tonight.