If you are unable to attend our St. Barth Properties November Party, never fear, there is another celebration the following week! Celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau with St. Barth Properties November 17, 2010. It is one of the most lively rituals in the wine-lovers industry and oh so French!
Guests staying at any of St. Barth Properties’ villas or hotels will be able to participate in the St. Barth Beaujolais Nouveau celebration. A race to see who will be the first to serve Beaujolais Nouveau, a hugely popular wine, has become not only a global event but also a tradition on the island of St. Barth. The first taste of the Beaujolais harvest can only be served at one minute past midnight on the third Thursday in November. However, midnight in France is only 7 p.m. in St. Barth! The celebration begins in St. Barth precisely at 7:01 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. By the time it’s over, more than 65 million bottles (worldwide) of the Beaujolais Nouveau will have been consumed.
Beaujolais Nouveau began as a local phenomenon in the bars, cafés and bistros of Beaujolais and Lyons. In 1938, regulations and restrictions were put in place to restrict where, when and how Beaujolais Nouveau was to be consumed. Beaujolais Nouveau is always released the third Thursday of November, regardless of the start of the harvest. Regulatory authorities permit the wine to be shipped to international destinations well in advance of the release date, so it will be in place and ready to sell on Nouveau Day.
All the grapes in the Beaujolais region must be picked by hand. These are the only vineyards, along with Champagne, where hand harvesting is mandatory.
Beaujolais Nouveau is made of grapes that were still on the vine only three months earlier (thus the “nouveau” which means new). Because it is harvested so soon, this wine is not one to keep for a long time; it must be consumed within a few months. When serving the wine, it should be slightly chilled (about 55 degrees), in order to enhance the taste and fruitiness.
If you are going to be in St. Barth during the week of Beaujolais Nouveau (November 17, 2010, the St. Barth Properties on-island staff will include, in your Welcome Packet, an invitation to attend a special Beaujolais Nouveau celebration on Wednesday evening. Everyone enjoys this fun event! What better place to experience this special occasion than on St. Barth.