Wednesday, November 9, 2005

French Riots Won’t Stop People From Tasting Beaujolais Nouveau

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – French President Jacques Chirac is considering curfews for some French cities to help curb the violence, but will that stop the French from celebrating the new harvest of Beaujolais Nouveau? Mais non!

Every year on the third Thursday in November, French people gather in the streets as early as midnight to taste the most recent bottlings of light, fruity Beaujolais Nouveau wine.

Pamela Wittmann of Millissme Ltd. – the company that represents Beaujolais in the U.S. – explains, in France, “We do the equivalent of what you call ‘a bar hop.’ We go from wine bar to wine bar tasting Beaujolais Nouveau. Then you wake up in the morning with the biggest hangover.”

While she admits the recent events in France are problematic, she jokes, “It’s not the French Revolution all over again.”

Wittmann doesn’t think the riots will stop people from celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau, especially because wine makers are calling the 2005 vintage “extraordinary.”

For those afraid of setting foot in France, special events surrounding the release of Beaujolais Nouveau will be celebrated on November 17th in U.S. cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago.

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