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7th Annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Pairing Dinner

When: Saturday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. 
Where: Drumlins Restaurant at Stonebridge Country Club, 161 Gorham Pond Road, Goffstown
Cost: $105. Space is limited. Call to reserve. 
Contact: 641-7114, facnh.com




A French tradition
Wine pairing dinner highlights Beaujolais Nouveau

11/10/16
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



Each year on the third Thursday in November, wine drinkers from France and beyond celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day, when Georges Duboeuf’s famed Beaujolais Nouveau wine is released. On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Franco-American Centre will bring a piece of that tradition to the Granite State with its seventh annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Pairing Dinner held at Stonebridge Country Club’s Drumlins Restaurant in Goffstown. 

A red wine made from gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France, Beaujolais Nouveau is the most popular and widely distributed vin de primeur, a term used for French wines with a short fermentation period that can be sold the same year they’re harvested. 
“All over the world, people have parties for this,” said Maurice Demers, committee chairman for the event. “It’s a table wine. It’s not fancy, not expensive, [and] not something you put in your wine cellar for years, but it’s a nice excuse to party, so why not?” 
The Beaujolais Nouveau will be one of four wines paired with the four-course dinner prepared by Drumlins’ Executive Chef Tracey Couture-Fitts. Hors d’oeuvres will include a fresh roasted butternut squash soup topped with creme fraiche and crispy sage, followed by a chicken cordon bleu beggars purse with chive oil. The main course will be pan-seared prosciutto wrapped pork medallions over creamy polenta and beet greens with maple vin. For dessert, there will be fruit-filled crepes with house-made maple walnut ice cream. Couture-Fitts will introduce and discuss each course as it is served. 
“She’ll explain how the food was prepared, and she’ll talk about the wine’s properties and why it was chosen to go with that course, and people really seem to find that interesting,” Demers said. “I think that’s what they enjoy about [the dinner]. It’s not a rushed thing.”
Attire is black tie optional, and there will be some raffles and musical entertainment between courses. This year’s theme song, “Parlez-moi d’amour,” will be performed by Franco-American Centre member and vocalist Carolyn Maheu. Local pianist Roger L’Heureux will also perform, and the evening will close with a French carol sing-along to welcome the holiday season. 
Demers said the dinner is a unique opportunity for people to get dressed up and experience French culture and cuisine “beyond poutine.” 
“Despite the large number of people with French roots in town, Manchester lacks a good French restaurant,” he said, “so this is your chance to try French cuisine that you wouldn’t get to otherwise.”





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