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Chicago celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau 2010

Every year on the third Thursday in November, the Beaujolais region of France releases its new young wine. Made from grapes harvested just weeks before, Beaujolais Nouveau may not be poured, under French law, until 12:01 a.m. on the day, this year Nov. 18. The fresh wine should be drunk within weeks of its bottling.

Chicago Beaujolais celebrations include:

  • Vertigo Sky Lounge in River North hosts “Nouveau Cirque,” a midnight party celebrating the release of the 2010 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, to 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Reservations required.

  • Bistrot Zinc on the Gold Coast celebrates on Thursday with a three-course, $29.95 dinner including a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau [Correction: Wine costs extra]. Menu choices include appetizers of duck-liver pate or French onion soup; entrees of roasted chicken with smoked bacon, mushrooms, onions and roasted garlic, grilled salmon with potato-leek ragout and beurre rouge; baked acorn squash with roasted fall vegetables and grain stuffing or grilled pork chop with herbed spaetzle and brussels sprouts; and dessert of poached pears with vanilla-mascarpone cream or fresh goat cheese with dried fruit chutney.

  • Bistro 110, just off the Magnificent Mile, fetes Beaujolais from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday with a wine tasting featuring Beaujolais Nouveau plus four other red wines from the region, paired with samplings from Chef Dominique Tounge’s seasonal pumpkin menu. The tasting is $25 and reservations are recommended.