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A Taste of Summer with Beaujolais Wine at Acadia

June 3, 2013 | By More

The Beaujolais Wine Council recently threw a BBQ at Acadia Restaurant in Toronto. The wine tasting and luncheon featured an array of Beaujolais wines perfectly paired with a variety of international cuisines. Anthony Collet, head of marketing at Inter Beaujolais was our host at Acadia Restaurant and introduced the spectrum of what Beaujolais had to offer. In total, we tasted 12 different wines paired with a five course tasted menu consisting of Indian, Korean, New Orleans and Portuguese inspired dishes. We savoured sweet, spicy, and exotic flavours created by chef Patrick Kriss and the team at Acadia.

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The BBQ started out with Beaujolais Chardonnay
Château Des Jacques, Beaujolais, Grand Clos De Loyse, 2010

Creole Shrimp with Anson Mills Grits
paired with Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais Fun, 2009 and Louis Jadot, Beaujolais-Villages, Combe Aux Jacques, 2011

Piri Piri Chicken Leg with Yogurt
paired with Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Beaujolais Supérieur, 2011; Jacques Dépagneux,  Morgon, Côte Du Py, 2011; Joseph Burrier, Saint-Amour, Côte de Besset, 2009

Grilled Eggplant with Peanut, Coconut and Curry Condiment
paired with Château de Pierreux, Brouilly, 2011; Villa Ponciago, Fleurie La Réserve, 2011; Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais-Villages, 2010

Korean Short Rib with Crispy Rice, Sesame and Chili
paired with Domaine Manoir Du Carra, Juliénas, 2010; Domaine Du Vissoux, Moulin à Vent, Les Trois Roches, 2010; Domaine Piron-Lameloise, Chénas, Quartz 2009

Dark Chocolate Ganache with Chantilly Cream, Caramel Popcorn

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Photo credit: Daniel Yam

Beaujolais_MapLocated north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais runs from Burgundy in the north to Rhône in the south. The Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River. Extending along 55 km from south to north, the Beaujolais region is enclosed between Lyon and Mâcon.

The official release date for the Beaujolais Crus is March 15, with the exception of Saint-Amour, which comes out on February 1. It takes until the following spring for the aromas and flavors to develop completely. The producers prefer to let the wines mature until March or April before bottling. Once bottled, most Beaujolais wines need to age at least two years to achieve their full potential.

The characteristic and exception of Beaujolais wines is that only one grape variety is used to make them all: Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc (the skin is red while the juice is white). It is, on Beaujolais’ limestone-clay and granitic soils that this plant has found its true home. Nearly 70% of the 36 000 hectares of land planted with Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc throughout the world is in Beaujolais. The Gamay grape is used to make all Beaujolais wines with the exception of white Beaujolais, or Beaujolais blanc, which is made of Chardonnay grapes. Only manual harvesting is allowed in the Beaujolais region. Handpicking means that before being vatted, entire bunches are sorted to remove any bad grapes. This winemaking method is specific to the Beaujolais region.

There are 12 different Beaujolais appellations, 10 of which are known as Crus. The 10 Crus are the region’s most celebrated wines, and each is unique thanks to the combination of soil, vine and climate characteristics. Following the course of the River Saône. From south heading north, they run on one after the other: Brouilly is followed by Côte de Brouilly, then Régnié, Morgon, and Chiroubles, after which come Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent, Chénas, Juliénas and finally Saint-Amour, which marks the northern boundary of the Beaujolais region, before the Mâconnais begins.

The wines do in fact have a lot in common, but because of the distinctive characteristics drawn from each appellation area terroir (an alchemy of soil, vine and climate), they are clearly distinct from each other, each with their own unique personality. Each portrays the typical character of the Gamay grape combined with its own local terroir, giving it its own unique style.

Inter Beaujolais, www.beaujolais.com

Look for Beaujolais wine at your local liquor store or LCBO. For more information about Beaujolais wine visit beaujolais.com.

For more information on Acadia visit, acadiarestaurant.com or follow @AcadiaToronto. Follow Chef Patrick Kriss on twitter @Patrickkriss.

Acadia Restaurant and Bar, 416.792.6002, 50C Clinton St., Toronto, Ontario, M6G 2Y3

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