Philly Wine Week's Beaujolais Cru Crawl

Super quick post while I'm at the airport waiting to leave Paso Robles (I LOVE Paso and can't wait to tell you all about these wines and these people). Philly Wine Week is sponsoring a Philadelphia Beaujolais Cru Crawl.

The third Thursday of each November, Beaujolais Nouveau bottles are released worldwide at 12:01am. You're probably most familiar with Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, but there are many French producers that make this light, easy-drinking red wine made from the region’s hand-picked Gamay grapes.

From Philly Wine Week's press release:

Philly Wine Week has gathered some friends to offer an inaugural taste of this wine, plus some of the delicious “crus” from Beaujolais. The Nouveau releases will be offered at $9/glass and guests may try them at 17 different bars and restaurants, listed below. Each location will also offer a glass of Beaujolais “cru,” which is a group of vineyards of recognized quality. There are 10 locations in the Beaujolais region and each restaurant/bar will offer their favorite bottle, by the glass, from their favorite cru (some crus will be offered at two places). Wines will be poured from Thursday, November 21 (release day) through Sunday, November 24.


Guests enjoying these wines may enter to win two tickets to Philly Wine Week’s Opening Corks event on March 29, 2020 by tagging @phillywineweek and #PhillyDrinksWine on Instagram. Winners will be contacted after November 24, 2019 via Instagram.

Participating restaurants and bars (please note: wines will be served during each business’ regular operating hours,not upon release at 12:01am):

  1. Di Bruno Bros. and Alimentari

  2. Jet Wine Bar

  3. Barbuzzo

  4. The Good King Tavern and le Caveau

  5. Panorama

  6. Bloomsday Cafe

  7. Friday Saturday Sunday

  8. South Philly Taproom

  9. Vintage Wine Bar

  10. Fishtown Social

  11. Lacroix

  12. Bistro Romano

  13. Kensington Quarters

  14. Hungry Pigeon

  15. Tria

  16. ITV and Laurel

  17. Art Bar

From me:

Beaujolais Nouveau is made in a method called carbonic maceration. There are several East Coast wineries creating light, fruity wines using this method, and I'll be writing about them very soon - soon enough that you can grab one if you want for your Thanksgiving table.

In the meantime, if you're in the Philly region, get a taste of the OG carbonic macerated style by heading out to some of these bars and asking for Beaujolais Nouveau.

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