It’s November, and while most of us are busy planning our Thanksgiving feast, let’s not forget to celebrate the Beaujolais Nouveau too! What’s the Beaujolais Nouveau?
Beaujolais Nouveau is the first wine of the French harvest each year and it’s official release on the third Thursday in November is a long tradition celebrated around the world. This light red wine is made from Gamay grapes grown and hand-picked in the Beaujolais region of Burgundy. In just eight short weeks from vine to table, this is an easy drinking light fruity wine. Coupled with the fact that it is served slightly chilled makes for a “festive wine to be swigged rather than sipped, and enjoyed in high spirits rather than critiqued”. This race from grape to glass may seem silly, but half the fun is knowing that on the same night in little villages all over the world the same celebration is taking place. A votre Sante!
Bistro Moulin will have Louis Tête’s 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau available by the glass ($8.25) or by the bottle ($32.00). Chef Didier will also be celebrating the Beaujolais Nouveau this weekend with a special prix fixe menu, in addition to the regular dinner menu. The three-course menu is available November 17-20 for $35 per person, excluding tax, tip and beverages. Give the Bistro a call, 831-333-1200, to reserve a table! Full details on that deal below the fold . . .
Beaujolais Nouveau Special Three-Course Prixe Fixe Menu, $35:
First Course, choice of:
Gnocchi con Spinaci ~ spinach gnocchi au gratin
Gratinée à L’Oignon ~ classic French onion soup “au gratin”
Terrine de Campagne ~ house-made country style paté
Main Course, choice of:
Boeuf Bourguignon ~ braised beef in red wine with onion, lardons and mushrooms, whipped potatoes
Poulet Rôti a L’Ail ~ free-range chicken breast, haricots verts amandines, roasted garlic jus
Poisson du jour ~ fresh fish of the day
Dessert, choice of:
Poire au Muscat ~ poached pear in Muscat wine, with Tahitian vanilla ice cream
Mousse au Chocolat ~ Chocolate mousse