Where to Celebrate Beaujolais Day
Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé. Here's where to sample this year's release.
The third Thursday of November is upon us, bringing with it the month's second greatest occasion: the reveal of the young, fruity red wine known as Beaujolais Nouveau. Below are bars and restaurants feting this year’s harvest.
Bastille Café and Bar
Ballard’s ode to Paris is bringing in a variety of vinos from producers including the Gang of Four and Cru. Sampling several is encouraged—a taste is $3, a glass $6, and caraffes go for $20. Wash it down with charcuterie and other Nouveau-inspired noshes from chef Jason Stoneburner. 4:30–10pm; reservations recommended.
Owners Soni Davé-Schock and Henri Schock promise live music, cheese pairings, and tastings from more than five Nouveau producers. They’ll also—brace yourself—uncork a three-liter bottle to share with guests. 6pm to late.
For its 12th annual Beaj bash, the First Ave bistro has lined up two bands—the Djangomatics at 7 followed by the Eli Rosenblatt Trio at 10—and a street food-inspired menu. 6pm to late; no cover, no reservations needed. If you happen to be on the Hill, stop by sister restaurant Café Presse for a sample.
At Thierry Rautureau's casual bistro, a three-course feast is $35, with two Beaujolais pairings an additional $18. Call 206-328-6645 to reserve a seat.
Marché Bistro & Wine Bar
Sommelier Cyril Frechier provides the pours and Market quartet the Millionaire’s Club the tunes, while chef Daisley Gordon carves up porchetta at the tartine station. Starts at 6pm.
Enjoy the latest vintage to the serenade of local band Rouge. A five-spot gets you in, and another $20 gets you a wine sampler. For those with an appetite, a three-course dinner of Beaujolais-paired dishes is available for $39. Seatings at 5:30 and 8:30pm; Rouge rages from 6 to 9pm.
The Michael Mina crowdpacker is a natural spot to celebrate, given its intense wine focus. Glasses of the Gamay grape are $5, and there are happy hour specials to go with them. 3pm onward.