The 16th Annual Fête du Nouveau Celebration brought out a host of Beaujolais Nouveau producers for event goers. Photo provided.
All that glitters and sparkles was worn and poured at the 16th Annual Fête du Nouveau Celebration back in November. Held at Headwaters, inside the Heathman Hotel, this elegant gathering tends to usher in the holiday season every year and is a much-anticipated event put on by the Alliance Française of Portland.
In partnership with the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, the Alliance pulls out all the stops to woo event goers including carving stations, a vast array of seafood at the raw bar, artisan cheeses, charcuterie, foie gras and decadent desserts. All the tantalizing bites are carefully chosen to pair with the guest of honor; Beaujolais Nouveau.
A red wine typically made from Gamay grapes, Beaujolais Nouveau is the new wine after harvest, fermented for just a brief time and opened the third Thursday of every November as a way to celebrate all the hard work that goes into harvesting and putting wines to bed. It’s fun wine, not fine wine; whimsical, not serious.
Why such a strong focus on Beaujolais in Portland? The French Alliance of Portland is actually the eighth largest chapter in the United States! Members are active and passionate and host a variety of events and classes throughout the year. Francophiles rejoice! From themed dinners to wine tastings (conducted by Francophones) to networking events and language classes, the Alliance really is a gateway to France right here in the Northwest.
The 17th Annual Fête du Nouveau Celebration has already been scheduled for November 16, 2018. In the meantime, people interested in learning more about the Alliance are invited to attend their Holiday Open House (or Portes Ouvertes) this Thursday, December 7. Sure to put guests in the Christmas spirit, the Alliance is housed in the historic Kamm House which dates back to 1871.
Learn about all things French, expand your appreciation of French culture, and meet other Portland area francophiles through the many engaging activities the Alliance offers throughout the year. Vive la France et Joyeux Noël!