Tonight's a great night to raise a glass of young wine. Beaujolais Nouveau, a red wine made with Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France, was released at midnight last night, and the lion's share of celebrations for its are scheduled for this evening. The wine is fermented for only a few weeks before being released; here's where to celebrate this year's batch. Worried about a workday hangover? Tomorrow night provides an opportunity as well, including the Beaujolais and Beyond Celebration at the French Embassy. Get to it.Read More
Where to Sip Beaujolais Nouveau Tonight
Tonight, the restaurant has a Beaujolais dinner scheduled that highlights the Crus of Beujolais. A four-course menu with wines is $79 (it's $54 without wine, but that kind of misses the point). Dishes include Berkshire pork cheeks with lentils, goat cheese cheesecake and more.
2. Central Michel Richard
The restaurant's third annual party is tonight from 5-10:30 p.m. Check out French Gypsy jazz, bistro specials, wines by the bottle and glass, discounts on Burgundys, games and more.
3. Bistrot Du Coin
Bistrot Du Coin's big bash was last night, but the restaurant will still be pouring out plenty of glasses of the wine into the weekend.
4. Le Grenier
H Street's Le Grenier is planning to offer free glasses of wine beginning at 5 p.m. this evening.
5. Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar
It's jazz night this evening at Bistrot Lepic, and the restaurant is planning to pour glasses and bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau in the process.
6. Bistro Français
Bistro Francais is clearly excited about the arrival of the wine, if their Facebook is any indication. Try some by the glass or the bottle.
7. Brasserie Beck
During the season, Brasserie Beck has been offering a tasting of one Beaujolais Nouveau and two Crus at the bar, along with a savory stuffed crepe, for $15. The crepe is stuffed with jambon and fromage.
Cork is planning a Beaujolais tasting (five tastes with five bites for $50) with Trey Stephenson of Rosenthal and Ryne Hazzard of Potomac Selections. Only a few slots remained at press time, so contact them ASAP.
9. Mintwood Place
Mintwood Place is pouring Christophe Pacalet's version of the wine tonight until it's gone. It's the first wine of the vintage.