Beaujolais Nouveau – a partee wine!

At midnight on the third Thursday of November – by French law – comes the first wine of the harvest – Beaujolais Nouveau! On this day in the Burgundian Beaujolais region of France, fireworks crackle, music is performed, and the people dance until dawn. Beaujolais isn’t just a bottle of wine, it’s a celebration that gives its consumers great joy and enthusiasm. Beaujolais is made to be drunk young. Its fresh, fruity taste is due to its quick fermentation process. After all, two months ago it was still grapes! While some wines only get better with age, Beaujolais should be history by the following May. It’s not a fancy wine, but it’s certainly fun to drink!

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NEW! Featuring a white sparkling wine from Villa Bellangelo!

The Verdi Beaujolais Nouveau Partee is obviously about tasting the first French red wine from this year’s harvest, but because many of our friends do not or cannot drink red wine, we always have a white on hand (to go with the cheese). Usually it’s not a particularly distinguished white, drinkable but not notable. But this year is different. Through our colleague John D. Clayton, we met Christopher Missick who is owner and (more importantly winemaker) at Bellangelo. After one taste of Bellangelo’s 2016 Sparkling Riesling we were impressed enough (outstanding!) to order a case for our event. Christopher Missick will also be at the Partee to accept your compliments in person.


The Bellangelo 2016 Sparkling Riesling is crisp, dry and delicious, and unique. It is a celebration wine, without being the cliche that Champagne has become.
Read about the Bellangelo 2016 Sparkling Riesling!