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A dish presented at the Beaujolais Nouveau wine dinner. Maurice Demers photo.




Beaujolais Nouveau Gala

When: Saturday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. Dinner starts at 7 p.m.
Where: Drumlins Restaurant at Stonebridge Country Club, 161 Gorham Pond Road, Goffstown
Tickets cost $95. See facnh.com




Feeling French
Franco-American Centre celebrates wine release

11/19/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



While the third Thursday in November may be of no particular importance in the American calendar, under French law it marks the much anticipated release of Georges Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau, the first taste of the year’s French wine harvest.

“As I understand, they want a wine right away from this current harvest and this is what comes out,” Maurice Demers, former president and current board of trustees member for the Franco American Centre, said in a phone interview. “[It’s] not fermented for very long, it’s a fruity wine and meant to be drunk young.”
Shipped all over the world (but not permitted for sale until Nov. 19 this year) Beaujolais Nouveau is an affordable red wine that provides the perfect opportunity for a celebration, which for the past six years is exactly what the Franco-American Centre has done.
“[We] tried to craft a social event around the Beaujolais Nouveau that would resonate with New Hampshire, and it seems we’ve done that,” Demers said. 
He’s served as chairman of the dinner since its inauguration. 
“It’s usually not considered a stuffy wine connoisseurs [event],” he said. “It’s meant to be light and fruity … so we party, but a little more formal, an excuse to get dressed up.”
On Saturday, Nov. 21, guests are invited to the Beaujolais Nouveau Gala held at Drumlins Restaurant. The meal features four courses of French cuisine with dishes like roulade of pork, composed seafood and sweet crepes, each paired with a different wine. He said the third course — a grilled hanger steak with roasted root vegetables and potatoes dauphinoise — will mostly like be paired with the Beaujolais Nouveau, a red wine and a red meat.
Before each course, Drumlins Restaurant’s chef will introduce the dish to the guests, sharing how it was prepared and what properties in the wine make it a suitable pairing.
The formal event (cocktail dresses are requested for the women and at least a coat and tie for the men) is designed to create a romantic atmosphere with strolling violinist Paul Pelletier, a singing performance of this year’s theme song “J’ai deux amours” (“I have two loves”) and a group sing-along of old French Christmas carols to end the evening and usher in the holiday season.
“We’re all about preserving our culture, and part of that is the joie de vivre,” Demers said. “A love of life.” 





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