D.C. restaurants, particularly those with a French bent, tend to get into the spirit when Beaujolais Nouveau is released in France each year. This particular year, some restaurants are also adding a charitable or social media support component to the festivities, due to the recent terrorist attacks in France. Read on to find ten places where in D.C. is offering specials and events this week to celebrate the launch of the wine.
Vinoteca: Vinoteca will showcase a variety of what they're calling "better Beaujolais" this Thursday, with specials by-the-glass on the 2013 Marcel Lapierre Morgon ($11) and the 2011 Jean Foillard Fleurie ($14).
Le Diplomate: The French restaurant is planning to highlight the Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau for $9 a glass and $35 a bottle on Thursday.
Eno Wine Bar: Eno is calling its event #ENOPrayersforParis. They'll offer the Dupeuble 2015 for $10 a glass and $40 a bottle, light up the bar in the colors of the Flag and display social media messages on a loop in the wine bar.
Bastille: Bastille will donate $10 from each Beaujolais Nouveau menu sold to the Red Cross. They have a multi-course dinner menu available Thursday-Sunday.
Central: Central will offer a Domaine Dupeuble ($11), plus a companion Passetoutgrains blend and a three-course prix-fixe with dishes like escargots fricasse and filet mignon Thursday-Saturday.
Le Bar: Le Bar is celebrating the occasion from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday with a glass of wine and a Parisian Platter special with cheese.
Slate Wine Bar: Slate is planning a four-wine tasting for $15 on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.
Bistro Du Coin: Bistro Du Coin's Annual Event is tonight, with two dinner seatings and a DJ.
Le Grenier: The Atlas District restaurant has a party scheduled for Thursday.
The French Embassy: Alliance Francais' annual bash is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m.