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Chicago fetes Beaujolais Nouveau 2011

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2011, the first young wine made this season in the Beaujolais region of France, goes on sale at the stroke of midnight the morning the third Thursday of November with great celebration around the world. Here are a few places that will be pouring it in Chicagoland beginning Nov. 17.

  1. Mon Ami Gabi, Lincoln Park, pours the new wine Nov. 17 through 23 with a menu of Beaujolais-inspired dishes.

  2. Retro Bistro, Mount Prospect, celebrates Nov. 17 through 20 with live music and a prix-fixe menu.

  3. 3 Vines Cafe, Sleepy Hollow, will accompany the wine all day Nov. 17 with a special menu including cassoulet, onion tart, bouillabaisse, coq au vin and Nature’s Source filet mignon, plus music and surprises.

  4. Chicago French Market, West Loop, fetes the new vintage from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 17 with live music from French jazz trio Flon Flon et Musette and a wide array of specialties from a variety of vendors.

  5. Cyrano’s Bistrot, River North, will pour complimentary Beaujolais tastings with all menus. Thursday, November 17, through Saturday, November 19, with such bottlings as Mommessin, Drouhin, Bichot, and Laboure’ Roi, and a fall special of cassoulet.

  6. The French American Chamber of Commerce hosts “Passport to France” at the Union League Club in the Loop beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17. The event features the wine, French cuisine and pastries served by some of Chicago’s top chefs, French music and mixes from DJ Sadie Woods and an after party at Cuvee in River North.