Alliance Francaise held their annual Beaujolais Nouveau Fete last night in New York.
Three different kinds of Nouveaux were served with pate, charcuterie, and cheese. French singer Pascalito performed, and wine writer Robert V. Camuto signed copies of his new book Corkscrewed: Adventures in the New French Wine Country.
The Ordre des Compagnons du Beaujolais, dressed in full regalia, inducted Caroline Webber, Professor of French Literature at Columbia University and Barnard College and Charlie Rose, the esteemed newscaster, to their New York Chapter.
Created in 1948, The Ordre des Compagnons du Beaujolais is an esteemed French organization dedicated to promote the wines of the Beaujolais region in France. It has Devoirs, or Chapters, in many countries around the world.
Joined as much by a taste for bonhomie as well as wine consumption, the common objective of the Compagnons is to share their love of Beaujolais with a broad audience – in the liveliest fashion possible. To that end, the Compagnons host an array of activities appropriate for all kinds of bon vivants.
Four main events (called Chapters) dominate the yearly agenda, starting with a celebration of harvest in September, the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau in November, Valentine’s Day, which begs for a tasting of St. Amour, and springtime, when the Crus are released.