Media Contact: Joe Gargiulo
ANNUAL BEAUJOLAIS CELEBRATION AT ADELAIDA CELLARS
In the wine trade, the term "cult" is usually associated with rare, pricy wines that are bought and sold at auction, sometimes changing hands several times before someone realizes theyâ€™re meant to be consumed rather than traded. At the other end of the spectrum is Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine and an annual harvest celebration started in France centuries ago that continues today as well as in other countries. This cult is all about enjoying the first wine of the vintage with good friends and hearty food on the third Thursday of each November.
In honor of this practice, Adelaida Cellars presents its Annual Beaujolais Celebration and Fall Pickup Party at 6pm, Friday, November 16 in the Barrel Room of its west side Paso Robles facility. Chef extraordinaire Claude Chazalon will be serving traditional coq au vin (chicken with wine) for up to 120 guests, including wine club members wishing to pick up their fall shipments. The cost is $30 per person and is complimentary to all wine club members.
Beaujolais Nouveau is made from the gamay beaujolais grape, and unlike most red wines, it is bottled without barrel aging prior to release. The wine is extremely rare in California and it is believed that Adelaida Cellars is its only Paso Robles producer.
"Our goal is to capture the exuberant personality of the gamay grape," said Winemaker Terry Culton. "This aromatic dry red wine is meant for immediate gratification and consumption."
Fruit for Adelaidaâ€™s Beaujolais Nouveau was harvested August 29 at the wineryâ€™s HMR Estate Vineyard. One acre of gamay beaujolais was planted in 1964 on what was then called Hoffman Mountain Ranch. The historic vineyard also boasts the oldest pinot noir vines on the South Central Coast.
Reservations for the Beaujolais Celebration may by made via 800.676.1232 or www.adelaida.com.
Established in 1981, Adelaida Cellars is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery situated 16 miles from the Pacific Ocean at 1,800 feet of elevation in the Santa Lucia Mountains. Its highly acclaimed pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, RhÃ´ne varietals and zinfandel originate in two principal vineyards (HMR and Viking) that are recognized for their chalky mountain soils, temperate climates and long growing seasons. The winery offers many interactive functions throughout the year: an inviting tasting room, educational seminars, library tastings, wine club events, winemaker dinners, and seasonal festivals produced by the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance (pasowine.com).