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Where To Drink Beaujolais Nouveau Tonight

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Youth isn't often celebrated in the wine world—unless you're talking about Beaujolais Nouveau, a red wine made with Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France. It's fermented for only a few weeks before being released on the third Thursday of November each year. Here's where to celebrate the 2012 release by toasting to your Friday hangover.
—Amy Cavanaugh

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1. Bastille

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1201 N Royal St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 519-3776
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Celebrate all weekend with a special two-course meal that’s designed to pair with the young wine. Purchase a bottle of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, and you’ll get a $29 menu with choices such as country pate with pickles and a baguette, steak frites, and coq au vin. The menu is available Thursday through Saturday.

2. Central Michel Richard

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 626-0015
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Think you can identify where a pinot noir comes from? When you head into Central Michel Richard from 5-10 p.m. on Thursday, not only can you get Domaine Dupeuble by the bottle or glass, you can test your palate with wine tasting games. They’ll also be offering 15% off all other wines from the Burgundy region, Parisian jazz, and a special menu with items like Cote de Boeufs with Beaujolais reduction and crème brulee French toast.

3. Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro

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1940 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 332-9463
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Vinoteca switches things up a bit with a Beaujolais NO-veau celebration. Instead of offering tastes of the young wine, they’ll focus on two vintages from 2011, so you can taste what Beaujolais Nouveau can become. Stop in on Thursday for $10 specials on two artisan Beaujolais wines, including a rare white one made with Chardonnay grapes.

4. Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar

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1736 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-0111
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For an especially festive atmosphere, Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar is hosting a tasting with Hot Club of DC, a Gypsy jazz band. The tasting will be held in the wine bar starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

5. Mon Ami Gabi

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7239 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 654-1234
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Can’t make it out Thursday? Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda is offering a special menu from November 15 at 5 p.m. until November 21 at 8 p.m. The menu offers dishes inspired by the wine, including oysters with Beaujolais mignonette, cream of garlic soup with cabbage, beans, and duck confit, and blackcurrant sorbet with red wine syrup.

6. La Maison Française

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4101 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007
The Alliance Française’s annual Friday night party is a big one, with light bites from La Sandia, Zengo, and Zentan, plus French bread, cheese, pâté, and pastries. The Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais will flow freely, plus there will be a blind tasting contest, trivia, and other activities.

1. Bastille

1201 N Royal St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Celebrate all weekend with a special two-course meal that’s designed to pair with the young wine. Purchase a bottle of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, and you’ll get a $29 menu with choices such as country pate with pickles and a baguette, steak frites, and coq au vin. The menu is available Thursday through Saturday.
1201 N Royal St
Alexandria, VA 22314

2. Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004
Think you can identify where a pinot noir comes from? When you head into Central Michel Richard from 5-10 p.m. on Thursday, not only can you get Domaine Dupeuble by the bottle or glass, you can test your palate with wine tasting games. They’ll also be offering 15% off all other wines from the Burgundy region, Parisian jazz, and a special menu with items like Cote de Boeufs with Beaujolais reduction and crème brulee French toast.
1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004

3. Vinoteca Wine Bar & Bistro

1940 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Vinoteca switches things up a bit with a Beaujolais NO-veau celebration. Instead of offering tastes of the young wine, they’ll focus on two vintages from 2011, so you can taste what Beaujolais Nouveau can become. Stop in on Thursday for $10 specials on two artisan Beaujolais wines, including a rare white one made with Chardonnay grapes.
1940 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

4. Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar

1736 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007
For an especially festive atmosphere, Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar is hosting a tasting with Hot Club of DC, a Gypsy jazz band. The tasting will be held in the wine bar starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
1736 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

5. Mon Ami Gabi

7239 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Can’t make it out Thursday? Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda is offering a special menu from November 15 at 5 p.m. until November 21 at 8 p.m. The menu offers dishes inspired by the wine, including oysters with Beaujolais mignonette, cream of garlic soup with cabbage, beans, and duck confit, and blackcurrant sorbet with red wine syrup.
7239 Woodmont Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

6. La Maison Française

4101 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007
The Alliance Française’s annual Friday night party is a big one, with light bites from La Sandia, Zengo, and Zentan, plus French bread, cheese, pâté, and pastries. The Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais will flow freely, plus there will be a blind tasting contest, trivia, and other activities.
4101 Reservoir Rd NW
Washington, DC 20007

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