Thursday is the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Day, a day celebrated around the world that marks the end of the grape harvest in France.
Vintage Wine Bar, 324 E. First St., is putting a twist on the traditional celebration. The wine bar is staging Banjolais Day, featuring banjo-playing Grazzhopper Trio on the Vintage patio, beginning at 6 p.m.
The patio fireplace will be going, and chef Tim Inman of Stonehorse Café will bring his gourmet hot dog cart to the event.
Vintage will offer a selection of six different Beaujolais wines by the glass, including two Beaujolais Nouveau labels, plus a curated list of more than 25 Beaujolais wines by the bottle.
“People have the idea that wine is so serious, and we wanted to have an event that was more fun,” owner Matt Sanders said. “In addition to Grazzhopper, we’ll have some of our local buddies playing, and Tim’s hot dogs will be a fun pairing to the wines.”
Beaujolais Nouveau Day always is the third Thursday in November. Under French law, the Beaujolais Nouveau — the youngest wine of the harvest — is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the grapes have been harvested.
Beaujolais Nouveau wines traditionally are light, fruity red wines that are low in tannins. Made from gamay grapes, the wines are meant to be consumed young and slightly chilled. They go well with a range of foods, making them ideal for the Thanksgiving table.
Vintage and other venues also will spotlight wines from cru Beaujolais vineyards, just south of Burgundy’s Macon region. These wines are more robust and structured than Beaujolais Nouveau.
“I’m obsessed with the gamay grape, and so is my staff, which is why we have so many Beaujolais wines on our list,” Sanders said.
Hodges Bend sets Beaujolais Nouveau event Thursday
Hodges Bend, 823 E. Third St., will hold a Beaujolais Nouveau celebration from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
The event will include cru Beaujolais tastings and food pairings.