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Deer Valley Celebrates 25 Years of Nouveau Beaujolais Festival

Deer Valley Celebrates 25 Years of Nouveau Beaujolais Festival

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posted: 10/05/2007

October 5, 2007



DEER VALLEY, PARK CITY, UTAH (Deer Valley Press Release)— Deer Valley guests have been celebrating the bounty of the fall harvest and the changing of the seasons at the Wasatch Food and Wine Society's Nouveau Beaujolais Festival for 25 years now. This year's acclaimed event is scheduled for Sunday, November 18, 2007. Mark your calendars!

"The Nouveau Beaujolais Festival has become a cherished annual event here at Deer Valley, both for our guests and our staff, says Kris Anderson, Deer Valley's Snow Park Lodge manager and wine buyer for Resort restaurants. "It's easy to see why it's been happening for 25 years. The event really kicks off the entire holiday season, celebrating the fall harvest with a traditional Burgundian buffet and freshly-flown-in Beaujolais wine. Our guests love to mingle in the warm ambiance of our Silver Lake Lodge, visit with each other, and share great food and wine. The event always sells out, so please be sure to make reservations.

As usual, the Nouveau Beaujolais Festival will be held in Deer Valley's mid-mountain Silver Lake Lodge, with one seating from 3 — 6 p.m. This year, Deer Valley will offer a Georges DuBoeuf Nouveau Beaujolais in both casks and bottles. The buffet will complement the fruity young flavor of the wines, featuring an abundance of classic Burgundy dishes such as escargot, rillettes, cassoulet, Bouchees with crayfish nantua and filet mignon, as well as an abundance of cured meats, imported 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.

Nouveau Beaujolais wines are compatible with most foods, should be served slightly chilled and be consumed soon as they do not keep well. They make an excellent Thanksgiving wine, as they complement 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 1, 2007 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, please visit deervalley.com.

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