Beaujolais Nouveau, or New Beaujolais, is the first wine of the season, a taste of things to come. Grapes are harvested and pressed in September and October, then casked for the long haul ' most of the more expensive Beaujolais won't be released until the spring or later. But the first crush, a limited bottling, is raced to Paris, then to every corner of the imbibing world on November 17.
Fruity and fresh, Beaujolais Nouveau is pressed from the Gamay grape, the varietal used in all Beaujolais wines. Most years Lafayette wine sellers offer a multitude of brands, and wine lovers pop multiple corks at tastings. This year however, Hurricane Katrina crashed the party. New Orleans is a port of entry of imported wines and wholesale distributors. With shops and restaurants shuttered and shipping containers still tied up, many wine orders ' including some for the new Beaujolais ' were canceled.
This year, only one label, Georges Duboeuf, has arrived on the shelves of Lafayette shops, and it's in limited quantity. "I had only 10 cases, and they were gone, poof!" says Philippe Simon, owner of Philippe's Wine Cellar. This year's wine is unusually heavy and dark, with far more body than traditional Beaujolais Nouveau. But it's still meant to be enjoyed immediately. Drink it now, because by New Year it will be gone.
State Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, surprised few in the Hub City Wednesday afternoon when he made (semi) official what most of us have known for months: He is running to replace Joey Durel as city-parish president.
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Let the party begin
Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction — who was a Republican before he was a Democrat before he was a Republican again — is accusing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of using the black community for votes and providing nothing in return.
LSU's governing board has backed new hospital privatization contracts that give hospital managers greater ease to leave the deal and fewer restrictions about must-have services.
Rachel Hector returns home to cultivate a generation of yoga instructors.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
It is distinctly possible control of the U.S. Senate will hinge on Louisiana, which is why, during the last several months, outside groups have made this the most expensive election in Louisiana history.
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
A constellation of South Louisiana musical stars descends on Parc Sans Souci to honor an ailing David Egan.
INDStyle Awards 2014 was one for the books; the American Cancer Society took over The Victorian's big tent; and the battle of the sexes was alive and well for Walk a Runway's Christmas fundraiser.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra teams up with choreographer Clare Cook for a modern take on a Stravinsky classic.
Local food pantries begin seasonal drives
A girl's best fashion friend
Stage 4 vet takes on cancer and reminds us all what it really means to get involved.
Creative living flourishes at Downtown’s artist hub
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Bold looks for fall define INDStyle Awards 2014
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The gents venture out
Project Front Yard has been launched to help us change our image and our habits.
Alleged victim is a Navy vet with brain trauma resulting from a car accident three decades ago.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Richard Buswell was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison for his role in an investment scheme that defrauded his clients of more than $6 million.
The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.