Beaujolais & Beyond 2013

IMG_2857Sword Fights Between Classical Heroes Were Staged

by Andrew Chalk

Every year Beaujolais & Beyond, the French American Chamber of Commerce’s big festival gets better. It started out 30 years ago as a local echo of the Beaujolais Nouveau festival being promoted globally at that time. Nowadays, the title is essentially a cover for, first of all, the promotion of French food and wine culture. This year saw classic French cuisine from Lavendou, craft beers from brewer Gasgogne, wines from Château Pontet-Canet of Bordeaux, Châteauneuf du Pape from the Rhône, Momessin Cru Beaujolais (getting a day out of obscurity thanks to the title of the festival) from Moulin-à-Vent and Morgon, and Volnay and a Premier Cru wines from Santenay. California and Pacific Northwest wines also had their own booth. And representing Texas was Duchman with Trebbiano and Vermentino (white) and Montepulciano and Aglianico (reds).

Pictures tell a better story. Here is our 2013 Beaujolais and Beyond:   

IMG_2805Duchman Family Winery Proudly Represented Texas

IMG_2807Josh Naquin not only serves wine for Goody Goody (who provided all of the wines). he also shows an incisive palate at the Dallas Sommelier Society and a Telling Right Foot on my Sunday Soccer Team

IMG_2808Rare picture: Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream without a line. This picture was taken early. An hour later they had the longest line in the house.

IMG_2810Lavendou did a delectable warm lamb paté in crust with a lamb jus reduction

IMG_2813La Madeleine produced a formidable Bûche de Noël. This could be hundreds of yards long

IMG_2822Marco and Rich at Scadello Artisan Cheese move so fast that it is difficult to capture their every movement. Their French cheeses, however, are peerless

IMG_2826Mommessin Cru Beaujolais require, and merit, explanation

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IMG_2840Delice Chocolatier

IMG_2848Main Street Bakery Aimed to Out Madeleine La Madeleine

IMG_2851Village Baking Company

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