Friday: Taste the Beaujolais in Cary

Story and photo contributed by Barbara Shepherd, president of the Sister Cities of Cary.

Cary, NC- It’s fall, the leaves are turning and that can only mean one thing:  It’s time to enjoy some wine and tasty French hors d’ouevres with the Sister Cities of Cary.

The Sister Cities Association of Cary, in partnership with the Wake Tech Culinary Arts Department, Total Wine and Chambers Arts! is hosting Cary’s 6th annual Beaujolais Wine Celebration on Friday, November 9 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Matthews House in downtown Cary.

More than Just Beaujolais Nouveau

“Everyone thinks of Beaujolais and automatically thinks about Beaujolais Nouveau, but there are 10 Beaujolais wines that are produced in different sub areas, called a ‘Cru’ that are aged in the traditional manner.  Each has a unique flavor based on the location, soil, climate, etc. of the vineyard.”

Total  Wine of Cary is providing the three Beaujolais cru wines, and a white wine. The Wake Tech Culinary Arts Department, under the direction of Jeff Hadley, will pair the wines with an exquisite selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres with a French flavor.  The hors d’ouevres typically include an assortment of breads, cheeses, cured meats and patès.  Many of the students have participated in the exchange program with Le Touquet’s culinary school, so they know a thing or two about preparing and serving French appetizers.

Supporting Cary’s Sister Cities

Proceeds from this year’s Beaujolais celebration will support the Sister Cities exchange programs with Cary’s four Sister Cities.  Art exchanges and people to people exchanges are in the planning stages with several of the cities.

Lynda Chambers at ChambersArts! is holding another French Kisses art exhibit this year to support the event.  Part of the proceeds from the sale of French Kisses art will go towards supporting Sister Cities Exchanges. Drop by ChambersArts! in Ashworth Village and take a look at the paintings in the exhibit.

“This annual event has caught the attention of Cary’s Sister City of Le Touquet, France.  They have told us that they would like to visit Cary next November and join us in the celebration.”

Tickets are still available and include a souvenir wine glass, tasting of the three Beaujolais wines, two glasses of wine at the “Wine bar,” a continuous supply of hors d’oeuvres and the chance to bid on items including wines from France, and gifts from Cary Merchants at a Silent Auction.

Event Info

Sister Cities Beaujolais Wine Tasting
Friday, November 9, 2012

The Matthews House
317 West Chatham Street
Downtown Cary

Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for non-members.