Sister Cities Grenoble Committee Celebrates Release Of Beaujolais Nouveau

The Phoenix Sister Cities Grenoble Committee, a nonprofit organization that fosters cultural, education and business exchanges with sister city Grenoble, France, is partnering with Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix to hold its third annual wine tasting to celebrate the worldwide release of the 2015 French Beaujolais Nouveau wine.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Phoenix Sister Cities Grenoble Committee programs and exchanges with Phoenix’s sister city Grenoble, France, and Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix. The celebration will be held Saturday, November 21, from 6-8pm at PV Design Center, 5203 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. The cost is $40 for Phoenix Sister Cities & Alliance Française members; $45 for non-members and at the door.  Seating is limited.  Free valet parking.

The lively event will feature French food by Vincent on Camelback and live entertainment from Steve Douglas and Zazu, a French Gypsy jazz band that has been featured at the Sedona International Film Festival, Jazz on the Rocks scholarship concert series and many Valley venues.  Zazu released a debut double CD, entitled The Soul of Paris in 2009.

“This event marks the long-standing tradition of celebrating the new Beaujolais wines, which are released to the public internationally on the third Thursday of November each year,” says Janine Bobin, Phoenix Sister Cities Grenoble Committee Vice-Chair Art & Culture.

“Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the wine just a few days after this much anticipated worldwide release date.”

Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France.  It is the most popular “Vin de Primeur,” fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the same date each year.

The evening celebration will feature the wine from the famed Georges Duboeuf winery and a traditional rustic French buffet, known in France as a “Buffet Campagnard,” which consists of charcuterie such as salami, sausages, prosciutto and assorted cheeses & baguettes, fruits, mini-tartelettes, flourless chocolate cakes, lemon bars by Vincent Signature.

“One of the things Sister Cities does is serve as a cultural connector for our community and we are pleased to bring this authentic French celebration to the Valley,” says Paula West, president and CEO, Phoenix Sister Cities, Inc. “This is a wonderful way for us to share an aspect of the culture of our sister city, Grenoble, with the residents of Phoenix.”

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