Come to France for the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau Wines

- Melanie Zieba,

beaujolais-grapesAs serious wine drinker knows, no matter when the harvest begins, the third Thursday of November the world is treated to the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau wines. This year November 19, 2009 is the big day of celebration to clear your calendar and get ready to drink. A votre santé!

By law, the Beaujolais producers cannot start selling their wine until the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday of November and once that happens, the race is off to see who can get the wine to Paris and the rest of the world first.  Not too heavy, young and very fruity, Beaujolais is usually the “fun” wine on most drinkers lists. Made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region for France this wine is low in tannins and is very close to white wine in taste because of the way it is processed and it’s one of the only reds that actually benefits from being served slightly chilled.

All over France, people will be celebrating the arrival of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau wines. And while in the country, make sure to stay at one of these luxury hotels in France.

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Cap Estel:
Set on a five acres peninsula surrounded by the Mediterranean sea in the heart of Cote d’azur between Nice and Monte Carlo is Cap Estel. This legendary haven has played host to celebrities from all over the world with their highly original style and rare refinement. Spend your days here overlooking the sea or dine on their fine cuisine with ingredients form their on-site garden. Come and experience Cap Estel’s tribute to luxury and beauty.

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Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal Chantilly:
Located just outside of Paris and sitting on one of the highest points in the magical Chantilly forest is the beautiful 18th century Tiara Chateau Hotel Mont Royal Chantilly. Surrounding its guests in traditional French comfort and decor, this luxury chateau is the ideal escape for a romantic getaway along with a perfect glass of wine.

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Trianon Palace Versailles, The Waldorf Astoria Collection:
Discover an exceptional woodland retreat on the edge of the tranquil Royal Doman in Versailles. Trianon Palace Versailles is one of Frances finest luxury palaces and offers the perfect lush garden hideaway by famous landscape designer Louis Benech. And with Paris being only a 30 minute car ride away this perfect location to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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Jiva Hill Park Hotel:
This beautiful boutique hotel in the Geneva region of France is the ideal place to enjoy your Beaujolais Nouveau and look out over the majestic Mont Blanc range. Six of the private lodges at Jiva Hill Park Hotel offer their own private garden and Jacuzzi make this hotel a unique haven of well being. And if you’re traveling for business, this hotel also features seminar packages and beautiful conference rooms perfect for a business retreat.

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Hotel Fouqet’s Barriere Paris:
Located right in the heart of Paris is the new epitome of a 21st century palace, Hotel Foquet’s Barriere Paris. Built around an interior garden, this urban retreat offers unparalleled fresh style and is tailored to meet the tastes of international and discerning guests who are looking for something new and distinctive. Be sure to indulge in their exquisite flavors at their restaurant Le Diane and after a long day take part in their wide array of beauty treatments at their spa.

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Hotel Palais Stephanie:
Escape to the heart of Cannes, nestled in-between the Mediterranean and the Southern Alps and you will find Hotel Palais Stephanie. Right on the La Croisette beach and seafront this is the ideal place to take in the view and have a fabulous glass of wine. Blending luxury, glamour and French elegance, your stay here will surely be an unforgettable one.

  1. Oh, sign me up! I’m a big Beaujolais fan, and those hotels look glorious!

  2. Jeff Luken says:

    Some day I plan to be in France for the “release”. We are big fans of the Beaujolais Nouveau, it is just a fun time of year, and for me the release kicks off the holidays. We have a Beaujolais Nouveau “tasting” in December every year… it takes that long to gather 5 different Nouveau’s to taste. In 2008 we had 15 couples go thru 42 bottles of wine… ok so it changes from a tasting to a drinking :) Already sampled several… 2 weeks to the party… cheers!!!