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Le Cellier, P. Ferraud & Fils, Sofitel and the Beaujolais Experience

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Bernard Flour of Le Cellier and Monsieur Ferraud of P. Ferraud & Fils at the leftmost with Adam Laker of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila at the rightmost.

Wikipedia describes Beaujolais as a French Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée wine generally made of the Gamay grape which has a thin skin and is low in tannins. AOC is the French certification under the auspices of the French government bureau INAO. Like most AOC wines they are not labeled varietally. Beaujolais is also a historical province and a wine-producing region in France.

Every year and every third Thursday of November, the French all over the world celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau – the new wine from the rich, fertile grape fields and wineries of Beaujolais region in France. It is the most popular vin de primeur or nouveau, fermented for just a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November every year.

It is also the second time Le Cellier French Wine Selection and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel hosted its Beaujolais celebration by pairing food from Spiral Buffet Restaurant with wine from the Beaujolais region, just a few days after the worldwide Beaujolais celebration. This time, Monsieur Yves-Dominique Ferraud of P. Ferraud & Fils presented his family’s wine selection which includes red wine made from Gamay called Beaujolais Villages, Fleurie and Moulin A Vent, and white wine made from Chardonnay called Pouilly Fuisse, to mention a few.

The selection French cheeses and cheeses from all over the world are stored and served inside a temperature-controlled room at Spiral Buffet Restaurant in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel.

Monsieur Ferraud is a 5th generation winemaker from the Beaujolais Region of France. The Maison P. Ferraud & Fils was founded in 1882 and has been handed down from father to son for five generations. Monsieur Ferraud’s short visit to Manila was highlighted by the wine-pairing dinner held at La Veranda, a section within the Spiral Restaurant.

Madame Jorinda Flour (far left) welcome guests at La Veranda, together with Monsieur Ferraud (middle), Bernard Flour (3rd from right) and Arabelle Jimenez (2nd from right).

Le Cellier French Wine Selection imports and distributes French wines in the Philippines by relentlessly tasting and selecting the very best wines that France wine-producing regions can offer and ensure their availability in Manila through adequate air-conditioned storage to maintain quality always. Its wine list is always updated and new wines added on a regular basis.

For more information about the Beaujolais wines and other medium range and premium wines from the many wine regions of France, contact Le Cellier French Wine Selection:

Le Cellier French Wine Selection
(Le Cellier Quality Store Corp.)
Unit 201 Sunette Tower, Durban St. Makati City Phils.
Tel. No.  : +63 (2)897-1840
Fax No.  : +63 (2)890-0019
www.lecellier-wines.com

Photos from The Kitchen Goddess and Beautiful Life.

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