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WIN 1 of 2 double passes at Beaujolais Nouveau Apéritif in Melbourne: 21 Nov 2013

WIN 1 of 2 double passes – Scroll down for competition details – it’s easy to enter! food and wine - Alex Mealey - 4.11.13

On the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday in November, the French appear at bars, cafés and bistros to taste and toast the first wine of the season.

Beaujolais Nouveau wine (made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais province of France) cannot be released before midnight on 3 November, by law. Only the French could get away with putting something like that into legislation…

Originally a cheap drink for locals to celebrate the end of the harvest, Beaujolais Nouveau became a national event by the early 1970s. Each November, it’s a race: who can get the first wine of the season to the Paris markets?

Soon this race became world wide. Elephants, helicopters, and balloons have been used in the race to transport the drink all over the world.

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Join Melbourne’s French community to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau!

When: 6-8pm, Thursday, 21 November, 2013.

Where: The Ballroom at Alliance Française de Melbourne (Eildon mansion), 51 Grey Street, St Kilda.

Tickets: Free admission

For more information, visit the Alliance Française de Melbourne website.

Win 1 of 2 double passes

My French Life™ magazine and the Alliance Française de Melbourne are giving two lucky members the chance to win a double pass to enjoy this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau.

The double passes include two glasses of Beaujolais Nouveau wine and two cheese plates. To win, all you have to do is:

  1. JOIN the Ma Vie Française™ community for free and
  2. In a COMMENT below this article, tell us:
    • What is your favourite cheese and wine combination, and why?

We will then select the best answer as our winner at 11.59pm AEST, Sunday 10 November 2013.

Please be sure to leave your first and family name when you join – a ‘user name’ or ‘email address’ can’t win!

Bonne chance!

Image credits:
1. Beaujolais Nouveau, by Sergey Melkonov via Flickr.
2. Pouring red wine into a glass, by Digimist via Flickr.
Proud Partner of Alliance française de Melbourne


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5 Comments




  1. Katerina Forrester
    6 years ago

    Ça c’est si facile comme question! I once had an epoisses with a glass of pinot noir in one of the ‘cave’ in ‘Beaune’. A simply beautiful experience and taste sensation!


  2. Simon Jeremy
    6 years ago

    It will seem a bit classic, but my favourite association is a good old Camembert with a red wine, especially a Bourgogne. Burgundy wines are often dense, full bodied, and they balance perfectly the strong taste of the Camembert. It reminds me such good memories, with a amazing Fixin Cote de Nuits and a beautiful cheese from the market… Without forgetting the bread, of course!


  3. Chi Duong
    6 years ago

    To be honest, I quite simply enjoy the taste of a really parmesan-rich mushroom risotto with sauvignon blanc from Marlborough, NZ.


    • Chi Duong
      6 years ago

      The pairing never gets boring as the fresh crispness of the wine picks up the heavy and rich flavours of the risotto, it is especially comforting on a night by yourself or even welcoming when cooking for guests.


  4. Carolyne Huber
    6 years ago

    During my expat french life, my favorite cheese was the Ossau-iraty (Uwe cheese of Basque) with a glass of Medoc cru bourgeois (near Bordeaux), year 2005… Why? Because I have never had such a good mix in my mouth until I tired this pairing! This wine develops forest fruit aromas. But if you don’t like red wine try the same cheese with a sweet wine like Sauterne… I am salivating just thinking about these pairings! Have a good night !!