Coming soon: Beaujolais Nouveau at Bistro Moulin

Before everyone gets bogged down with the turkey festivities for Thanksgiving, it’s time to celebrate the arrival of the Beaujolais Nouveau. The Beaujolais Nouveau is the first wine of the French harvest, released on the third Thursday in November. It’s a light red wine made from Gamay grapes grown and hand-picked in Burgundy’s Beaujolais region. With just eight weeks from vine to table, the Beaujolais Nouveau is a light, fruity wine. Often served chilled, it’s a “festive wine to be swigged rather than sipped, and enjoyed in high spirits rather than critiqued.”

Monterey’s Bistro Moulin is getting in on the Beaujolais celebrations this weekend with a special prix fixe dinner for diners. Here’s what chef Didier Dutertre has in store for foodies this weekend:

Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration       
Thursday – Sunday    November 15 – 18   2012    

Three Course Prix Fixe Menu
$35 per person

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

Bisque de Crabe
Dungeness crab bisque

Entrée, choice of:
Lapin aux Giroles
Roasted rabbit with Chanterelle mushrooms, Cippolini onions, and whipped potatoes

Coq au Vin
Braised chicken thighs in a red wine sauce, with lardons, mushrooms and penne pasta

Poisson du Jour
Fresh fish of the day

Dessert, choice of:
Tarte Tatin
Apple tatin with crème fraiche

Mousse au Chocolat
Chocolate mousse

The bistro will also offer the 2012 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau by the glass ($8) or by the bottle ($30).

Sounds like a festive feast! A votre sante!

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