Honoring the Parisian tradition, Paris Las Vegas welcomes the arrival of the third annual Beaujolais Nouveau wine celebration. This year’s highly anticipated celebrity kick-off will feature a traditional grape stomping that is reminiscent of the iconic “Lucy” scene on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m., coinciding with midnight festivities in Paris, France. Five days heralding this year’s harvest feature special events, tastings and unique Beaujolais Nouveau pairings at eateries such as Mon Ami Gabi, Les Artistes Steakhouse and the Sterling Brunch at Bally’s Steakhouse.
As regulated by French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is released no sooner than the third Thursday in Nov. – six weeks after the grapes are harvested. Huge celebrations take place worldwide at one minute after midnight to taste the latest wine of the harvest, with 65 million bottles to be consumed in the following months.
2009 Beaujolais Nouveau celebration at Paris Las Vegas schedule of events:
Thursday, Nov. 19 – Saturday, Nov. 21
Noon – 6 p.m.
Be one of the first to taste the delicious result of this year’s harvest, compliments of Paris Las Vegas. Samples of the 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau, along with commemorative glasses, will be available at a special lobby bar in the Paris reception area.
Thursday, Nov. 19
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wine 101: Passport to Wine is a sensory tour of the highlights of Paris, France without having to travel further than Las Vegas. Guests are invited to mix and mingle while sipping a selection of Georges Duboeuf wines accompanied by an assortment of decadent desserts. Brought to you by Paris Las Vegas and Passport magazine, a portion of the evening's proceeds will be donated to The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. Held in Napoleon’s Lounge, tickets are $35 and are available by booking a special room package on www.gayparislasvegas.com.
Friday, Nov. 20
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Rock ‘n Roll Wine will host a Beaujolais Nouveau-themed wine tasting inside Risqué, the nightclub at Paris Las Vegas. Part wine tasting, part show, the event features live music and a unique assortment of delicious world wines including Beaujolais Nouveau.
Saturday, Nov. 21
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wine 101: Celebrate the Harvest is a fun and informative learning and taste experience that brings together novices and connoisseurs to sniff, swirl and sip the wines of Georges Duboeuf, the leading wine merchant of France. Featuring a unique selection of wines, a Georges Duboeuf representative will lead the exploration of distinctive and notable wines that embody the fall harvest. The wine tasting will be accompanied by an assortment of artisan cheeses and breads and fresh fruits. Held in Les Artistes, tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Paris box office.
Sunday, Nov. 22
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Round out the weekend with a relaxing Beaujolais Nouveau-themed brunch at the Parisian bistro Mon Ami Gabi or the refined and elegant Sterling Brunch inside the Bally’s Steakhouse. When booking the Sterling Brunch, mention Beaujolais Nouveau and receive a bottle of 2009 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau and two commemorative glasses.
To fully experience the celebration, a room package for the ultimate wine enthusiast is available that includes accommodations at Paris Las Vegas, two tickets to Wine 101: Celebrate the Harvest, two commemorative wine glasses and bottle of 2009 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau and VIP passes to Risqué. The Beaujolais Nouveau package is valid for travel Wednesday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 22 and can be booked online at www.parislasvegas.com/wine. Must be 21 years of age or older.