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Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrates the new Beaujolais in partnership with France Embassy

Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France.

It is the most popular vin de primeur, fermented for just a few weeks then officially released for sale on the third Thursday of November. Beaujolais is the "fun" wine on Mount Lavinia Hotel’s wine drinker's lists. General Manager Anura Dewapura states, “It's not too heavy, it's very fruity, and it's very approachable even for non drinkers. It's the only red wine that actually benefits from being served slightly chilled (this seems to accentuate the fruitiness in the wine.” Yet good Beaujolais is still complex enough to hold interest. Best of all, there is a quaint requirement by French law that all Beaujolais grapes are picked by hand.

Mount Lavinia Hotel celebrates the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010 with a night of Beaujolais Passions with French culinary extraordinaire and indeed re-creating the French ceremony in the heart of Colombo. The frenzy the Beaujolais Nouveau's arrival generates is almost as high as the build up for a major award show. Hence, the hotel will feature French culinary delicacies, and live music. Dewapura avers, “Guests will not only be able to taste the Beaujolais Nouveau 2010, but also explore many other wines, sample great food, dance, have fun, and enjoy what Mount Lavinia Hotel loves to boast wine, food and ambiance.”

“Even though 18 November is the official release date for Beaujolais Nouveau we are celebrating it on the 19 of November 2010 when the Empire Ballroom will celebrate the ceremonial release courtesy Embassy of France.” Then from 21 to 27 Nov 2010 the Governor’s restaurant with our global chefs will have French extraordinaire menu and to compliment it the nouveau passions. A variety of dishes ranging from Les escargots de la region( Burgundy Snails with melted butter spiced with garlic), La Darne De Seer la facon du rhone (Cutlet of Seer, white grapes, fresh cream, shallots, white wine garnished with fresh asparagus), Les fillets de sole au Beaujolais(lemon sole fillets cooked in white Beaujolais and cream and shallots mushrooms, crayfish and quenelle of pike) and desserts like la poire au vin de Beaujolais (fresh pear cooked in syrup and beaujolais) and much more will be yours to fancy and it indeed calls for celebration with wine and great food.

Tickets for the ceremonial release festival on 19 November are priced at Rs.3000 which includes food and beverage and the Governor’s menu will be individually priced.