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Get French and fancy for Beaujolais Nouveau

As the old saying goes, where there’s a wine there’s a way (don’t question it just go with it). And if anyone has a way with the tender elixir that either completes your sensible dinner or completely strips you of your sensibility, it’s the French. Beaujolais Nouveau is the cultural gift that keeps on giving; celebrating the harvest and first release of Beaujolais wine each year. Whether you can pronounce it or not, its fresh, fruity and cherry-red goodness speaks more than words ever could. So good in fact that it’s now celebrated around the world. We’re here to give you the 411 on all things Beaujolais Nouveau, and where to celebrate in Brisbane. November 16 is Beaujolais Nouveau day this year, where under strict French law, the wine is released no earlier or later than 12:01am (bless them). Then what? Well, it’s a whole of sippin’ and digging into delectable pairings. And this year beloved Beaujolais is making its way across the world and landing at two fabulous Brisbane venues, Madame Rouge and Newstead House. Celebrate in old Parisian ambience at Madame Rouge’s wine lunch on the 16th . In an ode to the French countryside, you’ll get two glasses of Beaujolais wine with a French picnic board packed with charcueterie, terrine, cheese and artisan breads for $60. Wine not a good enough excuse to skip work? We need to talk… but never fear because the Alliance Francaise is celebrating on Saturday 18 November! Head to the beautiful heritage Newstead House for wine, french cheese and good times from 4pm. Bordeaux your five dollar bottle of red? Get French and celebrate this week! Words by Nicole Portacha