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So-so wine is focus of the annual French promotional celebration
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats once again this year can enjoy the highly successful promotion of French wine with the Fiesta Francesa del Beaujolais Nouveau.

This is an international event that will be in its 10th year in Costa Rica.  The festivities promotes the red wine produced in the Province of Beaujolais.

The wine is more hype than taste. The Chambres de Commerce et d'Industrie has promoted a less than unusual local wine into a worldwide event since World War II.

In Costa Rica, the celebration will be a week late on Nov. 24. Typically,  Beaujolais nouveau is released with much fanfare on the third Thursday of November. The event here this year is on the fourth Thursday, which also happens to be U.S. Thanksgiving.

Liking the fruity, slightly chilled Beaujolais is not obligatory. The event in the Hotel Real Intercontinental in Escazú features many other drinks, including Grand Marnier, Johnny Walker, Don Julio tequila and Taqueray gin.

And the meal is what one would expect at a French gathering, ending up with crème brûlée. The $120-a-couple admission includes dancing to the Son de Tikizi and a complimentary bottle of  Beaujolais nouveau.

The wine is unusual in that it is bottled only six to eight weeks after harvest. And fermentation is done anaerobically with carbon dioxide to enhance the taste.

France is the traditional home of great wine, but Italy produces more.

Growers in Europe this year faced floods, drought, frost and
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Map shows location of Beaujolais north of Lyon.

hail, but they say the quality of the 2016 vintage shouldn’t unduly suffer. They are not talking about Beaujolais nouveau, because that wine does not improve with age and probably should be consumed within a year of harvest.

Overall global wine production fell 5 percent from 2015 levels to 259 million hectoliters, one of the weakest levels of the past 20 years, according to the International Organization of Vine and Wine, wire services said. U.S. production is up 2 percent.

Beaujolais can only be produced in Beaujolais, and the gamay grapes are not very popular in the U.S. And certainly not in California where nearly all of the U.S. fine wine originates.

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