What are you doing for the holidays? How about hosting a soirée for your wine loving friends or family? I’m excited to be working with One2One Network to share some easy, no-fuss holiday entertaining ideas in celebration of the first wine of this year’s harvest with Georges Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau 2014!
Did you know that every year, under French law, at 12:01 on the third Thursday in November, Beaujolais Nouveau wine is released? Harvest celebrations take place all over France with fireworks, fanfare, festivals, and bottles of the new vintage being uncorked into the wee hours. Any excuse to have a party, right? What a fun tradition!
Why not bring a little bit of that tradition home for the holidays? Not sure what to serve? Charcuterie and cheese boards pair nicely with Beaujolais Nouveau. Cold cooked meats like sausages, ham, pâtés, fresh radishes, gherkins, a good crusty baguette with butter complement the bright fresh flavors. For cheese, anything goes except strongly flavored or heavily aged cheeses. Unlike most red wines, you’ll want to put a Beaujolais Nouveau bottle in the fridge for 15 minutes before drinking. A slight chill will bring out the fresh flavors.
I like simple soirées during the holidays the best, small intimate gatherings with family and friends are perfect for this busy time of the year. For my soirée, I dressed up my table with some fresh cut flowers and served baguettes, red wine salami, olive tapenade and a variety of cheese to accompany the fruity, easy-to-drink wine. The wine’s light fermentation entices both red and white wine lovers, making it just right for holiday celebrations.
To add a little bit of gleam reminiscent of the fireworks in France, I displayed a gold glitter table runner and accented with gold and silver in the decor. A simple silver and gold banner adds the perfect amount of glitz. I maintained the no fuss vibe by displaying the food in a way to encourage mingling and conversation around the table. I didn’t want guests to grab their food and retreat to a corner of the room, instead I wanted an area that would encourage conversation.
So, raise your glass and toast the new vintage! Great wine, great company and good food are all you need to celebrate the holidays!
Thank you for visiting!
***This post was sponsored on behalf of Georges Duboeuf and One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.***
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