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Crushing It: Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau at Valley Bar

Valley Bar and Hidden Track Bottle Shop celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day November 21.
The Rose Room hosts a Beaujolais Nouveau Day celebration on November 21.
The Rose Room hosts a Beaujolais Nouveau Day celebration on November 21. Valley Bar
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Do you really need a reason to raise a glass? Oenophiles, Francophiles, and anyone with an appetite for a good time can toast a French wine harvest tradition in Valley Bar's Rose Room. The bar celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau Day — always the third Thursday of November — with the nearby Hidden Track Bottle Shop on Thursday, November 21.

Hidden Track owner Craig Dziadowicz says glasses of Beaujolais Nouveau from Domaine Dupeuble will be served along with tasty bites imported from France.

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Phoenix celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau Day at Valley Bar with wine from Hidden Track Bottle Shop and baguettes and Rodolphe Le Meunier Beurre de Baratte, French-churned butter.
Craig Dziadowicz
“We're going to bring in some French-churned butter — we're actually flying that in,” Dziadowicz says. “And the cheese is Regal de Bourgogne Moutarde — which technically comes from northern Burgundy — but Beaujolais and Burgundy are pretty much the same region. We're also flying in some fresh cow milk cheese covered in dried mustard seed. So we're sticking with food offerings that will express the regional terroir.”

In order to sample more from the Beaujolais region, Hidden Track has three specialty bottles of wine available for preorder by next Tuesday: Domaine des Nugeus Sparkling Gamay, Guy Breton Beaujolais-Village, and Domaine Matray les Paquelets Julienas.

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Hidden Track Bottle shop has imported Regal de Bourgogne Moutarde cheese for the Beaujolais Nouveau Day party at Valley Bar.
Craig Dziadowicz
Between picking grapes and hauling fruit, the harvest season was typically an exhausting one in France. According to Dziadowicz, winery staff and volunteers celebrated the end of the season with bottles of new wine produced with gamay grapes from the Beaujolais region. He says Beaujolais Nouveau celebrates community, whether you’re drinking in France or Arizona.

“It's wine that is made to be refreshing,” says Dziadowicz. “It’s made to be crushable and to be drank amongst friends and family.”

The Beaujolais Nouveau Day Party will run from 8 to 11 p.m. on Thursday, November 21. Entry is free for the 21-and-over event. For more information, visit the Valley Bar website.
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