Other than having free reign to eat copious amounts cornbread stuffing and pumpkin pie with family and friends, my favorite thing about Thanksgiving Day is popping open a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau. Yes, wine snobs, I know that it's a young wine that hasn't had time to fully mature and develop its character, but what better way to celebrate a harvest festival like Thanksgiving than with some wine made from the first batch of grapes harvested from this year's Gamays? And to celebrate the release of this year/s Beaujolais Nouveau, the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Dallas/Fort Worth is throwing its annual Beaujolais Festival, which is billed as the largest of its kind in the country. This year's celebration at the World Trade Center, 2050 Stemmons Freeway, marks the festival's 25th anniversary. The event will feature other wines from the Beaujolais growing region in France, as well as an assortment of, um, "premium Texas vintages." Naturally, there will be wine tasting galore. The festival is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with a silent auction starting at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $55. Tickets at the door are $60. For further information, visit faccdallas.com.
Fri., Nov. 21, 6 p.m., 2008