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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

What to Do: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est Arrive!

The third Thursday of November can mean only one thing for wine lovers -- time to crack open those bottles of Beaujolais nouveau. It is an annual tradition that bottles of this young, red wine are uncorked on this date, an event celebrated throughout the world as New Wine Year.

Beaujolais nouveau is a wine from the Burgundy region of France that is fermented for only a few weeks before it's ready to be quaffed. This makes it particularly fruity, sweet and easy to drink. In fact, it's as close to a white wine as a red wine will get -- it's definitely to be gulped, not sipped. Just don't gulp down too much, or your bowels will pay for it in the morning.

There are plenty of places in Moscow to celebrate this merry tradition:

Zapasnik/Art Garbage is to party all day and all evening with French music and a Gallic atmosphere. Guests who purchase a whole bottle of Beaujolais nouveau receive a complimentary plate of cheeses.

In the cafe M'ARS, the chef has prepared a few special dishes for the occasion, and low prices are promised. Wine is to be served by the glass rather than the bottle.

Citycafe Na Lestnitse is offering free tasting of Beaujolais nouveau, along with a special menu of five dishes that complement the wine. These will include fish and warm salads.

If Italian wine is more your thing, then you'll be pleased to hear that the young Novello wine from this country is already out and ready to be enjoyed. Celebration of this drink began on Nov. 1 and traditionally continues until Nov. 19. There are plenty of places to try it in Moscow -- for example, head down to Nobilis or La Grotta.

Citycafe Na Lestnitse, 1/4 2nd Smolensky Per., 244-0655, 101-1989. M. Smolenskaya.
La Grotta, 27/4 Bolshaya Bronnaya Ul., 694-3057, M. Pushkinskaya.
M'ars, 5 Pushkarev Per., 621-9011, M. Tsvetnoi Bulvar.
Nobilis, 34/1 Konyushkovskaya Ul., 254-5210/5410/5510, M. Krasnopresnenskaya.
Zapasnik/Art Garbage, 5 Starosadsky Per., 628-8745, M. Kitai-Gorod.