Perhaps second only to Bastille Day in importance to the French is the release date of Beaujolais Nouveau on the third Thursday of November. It might have started as a marketing campaign, but it’s now certifiably fun for lovers of this wine around the world.
As the release approaches this week, places around San Antonio are making plans to pour this fruity, young red wine made from the Gamay grape. One of its popular features is its low tannins (tannin being a substance that makes your mouth feel puckery and dry). For some, Beaujolais Nouveau is also a favorite Thanksgiving wine choice.
Here are some places to join the fun on Thursday and through the weekend:
Coco Chocolate Lounge & Bistro
5-8 p.m. Thursday.
18402 U.S. 281; 210-491-4480
Frederick’s Beaujolais Nouveau dinners
Thursday-Saturday at both locations: Frederick’s Restaurant, 7702 Broadway, 210-828-9050; and Frederick’s Bistro, 14439 N.W. Military Hwy., 210-888-1500 . The cost is $34 a person, plus tax and tip. Call for reservations.
Tost and Le Midi:
Taste the new wine with French dishes or by itself. The wine is priced at $6 a glass or $20 a bottle until the last bottle is gone. Tost Bistro Bar is at 14425 Blanco Road, 210-408-2670; Le Midi is at 301 E. Houston St., 210-858-7388. For more information visit: Le Midi or Tost Bistro.