Nouveau Beaujolais Festival Returns


DEER VALLEY, PARK CITY, UTAH (October 13, 2008) – Deer Valley Resort guests will again celebrate the bounty of the fall harvest and the changing of the seasons at the Wasatch Food and Wine Society’s Nouveau Beaujolais Festival on Sunday, November 23, 2008.

“The Nouveau Beaujolais Festival was a hit the first year we hosted it, and now in its 26th year, has become a cherished occasion here at Deer Valley®, both for our guests and our staff,” says Kris Anderson, Deer Valley’s Snow Park Lodge manager. “The event celebrates the fall harvest with delicious and abundant Burgundian cuisine and freshly-flown-in Beaujolais wine, which pairs beautifully with autumn food flavors. The festival, held the Sunday before Thanksgiving each year, truly kicks off the entire holiday season. Our guests love to mingle in the warm ambiance of our Silver Lake Lodge, anticipate the upcoming ski and holiday seasons, and share great food and Beaujolais wine.”

The Nouveau Beaujolais Festival will be held in Deer Valley’s mid-mountain Silver Lake Lodge, with one seating from 3 – 6 p.m. Deer Valley will offer a Georges DuBoeuf Nouveau Beaujolais in both casks and bottles. New this year we are doing something exciting and unique by adding the 2007 Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Village. This will allow our guests to be able to compare and contrast with the Nouveau Beaujolais and the food. A full Burgundian cuisine buffet will complement the fruity young flavor of the wines, featuring an abundance of classic French dishes such as escargot, rillettes, cassoulet and Filet de Boeuf, as well as an abundance of regional sausages, cheeses, roasted vegetables and of course, a lavish dessert selection.

Nouveau Beaujolais Festivals have been held for hundreds of years and began in France as celebrations of the end of the harvest and growing seasons. Nouveau Beaujolais wines are bottled at harvest, not aged – and are traditionally drunk only during the last few weeks in November, as soon as they’re released. Because Beaujolais is an appellation-controlled wine, its production and sale is governed by French law. A 1952 regulation stipulated that Beaujolais must be bottled and shipped before December 15 of the year of the harvest in order to be considered “nouveau.” In 1967, a law was passed establishing the earliest moment at which a Beaujolais wine could be consumed: 12:01 a.m., November 15. In 1985, the release date was changed to the third Thursday in November. Wineries have been permitted, under the 1967 law, to release the wine to distributors three days before the official sale date. At the moment of legal transport, hundreds of trucks invade the Beaujolais region, carrying off containers of new wine for shipping by air or sea. 

Beaujolais and Nouveau Beaujolais wines are compatible with most foods, should be served slightly chilled and be consumed soon as they do not keep well. Nouveau Beaujolais makes an excellent Thanksgiving wine, as it complements the varied flavors of foods like turkey, stuffing, yams and even pumpkin pie.

Reservations are required for Deer Valley’s Nouveau Beaujolais Festival, as the event is a sell-out every year. Reservations can be made beginning November 3, 2008, by calling Kris Anderson at 435-645-6640 or 800-424-DEER (3337), or by mailing a check for $80 per person to Kris Anderson, Deer Valley Resort, PO Box 889, Park City, UT 84060. Guests will not receive actual tickets – names will simply be on a list at the door.

For more information on Deer Valley’s Nouveau Beaujolais Festival, please contact Resort Communications Manager Erin Grady at (800) 424-DEER (3337) or (435) 645-6522, or view the Resort website at deervalley.com.