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Adelaida Cellars celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau Day with new release 

Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 est arrivé at Adelaida Cellars

BeaujolaisAdelaida Cellars released a special vintage to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day, Nov. 21, 2013. It’s a red wine made from Gamay grapes originating from the Beaujolais region of France. It’s French tradition to release the first wine of the vintage on the third Thursday of every November.

Beaujolais Nouveau is fermented and drinkable a mere seven to eight weeks after grapes are picked. It’s a harbinger of the vintage quality.

Adelaida Cellars is the only Paso Robles winemaker releasing a Beaujolais Nouveau, according to Sunni Mullinax, Adelaida’s director of retail sales and marketing. Each year, Adelaida releases the Beaujolais on the third Thursday with a celebratory dinner to follow on Saturday evening.

Nestled in the original HMR Vineyard, Adelaida’s Gamay, is now in its 49th year. True to the nouveau style, this Beaujolais uses a method called carbonic maceration, where grapes are fermented as whole intact berries in a sealed environment and without oxygen, Mullinax says.

The yeast penetrates the grape skin and acts on the natural sugars in the interior of each grape, producing particularly juicy, exuberant fruity flavors. This year’s vintage exceeds expectations with its focused, crisp-edged strawberry-blueberry notes, she says. Served slightly chilled it pairs beautifully with Thanksgiving classics of roast turkey and cranberry, she says.

With the Beaujolais release comes the vintage celebration on Saturday, November 23rd at Adelaida Cellars. This year, Guest Chef Donald Wressell will be at the helm. Chef Wressell is the Executive Chef for E. Guittard Chocolates and former Executive Pastry Chef for the Four Seasons, Beverly Hills.

He has invited Chef Sherry Yard of Spago fame. He will be presenting his multi-course menu paired with the best of Adelaida wines along with the Beaujolais release. Tickets are $100, or $80 for wine club members. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Call for tickets, (805) 239.8980. For the menu visit www.adelaida.com/events.

About Adelaida Cellars

Established in 1981, Adelaida Cellars is a family-owned and operated vineyard and winery situated 16 miles from the Pacific Ocean near the south end of the Santa Lucia Mountains. Adelaida Cellars specializes in terroir-inspired wines including Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rhône blends. To learn more about Adelaida Cellars visit the tasting room at 5805 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles.

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