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Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 Apéritif

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Celebrate French culture and wine
Image Wikipedia originally posted to Flickr as Beaujolais Nouveau photo by Hajime Nakano

It is wonderful that we have places such as the Alliance française de Melbourne - a language school which not only promotes the study of the French language but also French culture.

Their next cultural event is to celebrate Beaujolais nouveau. Anyone who is interested in French culture is welcome to come along.

This is a rather charming French tradition which surrounds a very young wine made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France where grapes are picked by hand.

Image from advertising for the event

The wine only ferments for a few weeks before being bottled and hitting the wine stores.

But the government decrees that is cannot be sold until the third Thursday of November at precisely12:01 a.m.

On that day as wine lovers say joyously "Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!" and it is a great excuse for a party.

It isn't just about Beaujolais Nouveau it is because it is the first harvest of the year. Some people believe that if this first wine is good then an excellent season will follow and that is cause for celebration.

In France, and in many places around the world, wine stores, wine bars, and restaurants proclaim the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau, wine made of grapes that were still on the vine only three months earlier.

Image Facebook Alliance Francaise

It is a matter of gathering some friends a few snacks and cracking open a bottle of the year's new wine.

In France there are fireworks, music and festivals.

At the Alliance française de Melbourne the bar will be open and Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau will be on sale. A glass is $8.00 and a bottle $35.00 each.

You will be able to mingle with other people who enjoy French culture, perhaps practise some of your classroom French.

The event includes a complimentary French cheeses buffet.

Facebook Alliance Francaise

The wine is light, purple-pink, fruity and without heavy tannins. But it's not the wine itself that the point, its the celebration.

You can book your place here.

The event is also held in a beautiful old building. Image Facebook Alliance Francaise "

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Why? To enjoy French culture
When: Thursday 21 November, 6pm to 8pm
Phone: Bookings essential for catering purposes.
Where: 51 Grey Street, St Kilda
Cost: FREE admission.
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