The Flash List
Event Review: Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival 2012
© The Flash List | December 1, 2012
Local wine lovers sipped, sampled, and strolled in an ambiance resembling the streets of a Parisian paradise at the 29th annual Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival sponsored by the French-American Chamber of Commerce of Dallas/Fort Worth (FACC). The new, state-of-the-art Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas was transformed into an environment designed to reflect the look and feel of the renowned City of Lights for what has now become the largest Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival in the United States.
Representatives from signature Sommelier Sponsor Goody Goody Wine & Spirits uncorked a large number of wine bottles in a variety of new and premium vintages including not only Beaujolais Nouveau, but additional French and American wines as well from regions such as Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire Valley, Rhône Valley, California, Washington, and Texas.
Event goers spent the evening sampling wines, chatting with Miss Texas 2012 DaNae Couch, perusing through the premium packages up for bid at the silent auction tables, and tasting signature delicacies by some of the area's top gourmet chefs from venues such as Lavendou Bisto Provencal, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Empire Baking Company, Parigi, Mozzarella Company, Evian North America, Delice Chocolatier Selection, Henry's Homemade Ice Cream, Main Street Bakery and Bistro, Marcus Café, Sambuca Uptown, Scardello Artisan Cheese, and more.
Other highlights included lively French music by DJ Jeff Hickok, entertainment by a caricaturist, mime, cancan dancers, and more. As stated by Eric Corticchiato, FACC Executive Vice President and Chairman of the 2012 Dallas Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival, "It's not just a chance for novice and discriminating wine lovers alike to experience something exciting and new, it's an evening to celebrate French culture - and most importantly, to have fun."
A few dishes that we particularly enjoyed included Ricco’s Meatballs from Cook Hall at the W Hotel (pork and short rib meatballs with Reggiano parmesan cheese), the Buche de Noelle from la Madeleine (a traditional dessert served near Christmas in France comprised of moist white cake and a layer of chocolate mousse rolled together with chocolate ganache across the top), the Mommessin 2010 Hospices de Beaujeu Cuvée des Sires (a lively red from France’s Beaujolais region), the delicate Gewurztraminer and Riesling white wines produced by Cuvée Anne-Laure (in France’s Alsace region), as well as the deeply flavored and reasonably priced Dolcetto and Montepulciano wines produced by the Duchman Family Winery (utilizing unique Italian grape varieties grown right here in Texas).
The French-American Chamber of Commerce in Dallas is one of the largest bi-national, non-profit and non-political organizations in Texas and seeks to contribute to the development and improvement of economic, commercial, and financial relations between France and the United States.
For additional information on the FACC, and to find details on other upcoming events, visit their website at: