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Ordre des Compagnons du Beaujolais - Devoir de New york

Created in 1948, The Ordre des Compagnons du Beaujolais is an esteemed French organization dedicated to promote the wines of the Beaujolais region in France. It has “Devoirs,” or Chapters, in many countries around the world, but it is on September 30th, 2002 that it established its first US-based branch in New York, led by celebrated restaurateur and wine lover Jacques Capsouto of Capsouto Frères and Master Sommelier Roger Dagorn, among others. Headed by this formidable group of wine and food enthusiasts, the association is now fully operational and the Confrérie (fraternity) is constantly growing – with close to 200 members in 2004.

The Compagnons du Beaujolais are united by their love of Beaujolais wines, the most lively and unpretentious of French libations. Dedicated Beaujolais drinkers are rewarded with the many wines offered by the 12 regional appellations. Beside the ever-popular Beaujolais Nouveau, the regular Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages and the 10 crus give many opportunities to discover the wonderful nuances of these otherwise fruity wines. Their flavor profile and body characteristics actually allow Beaujolais to accompany a surprisingly large array of foods, making it the perfect choice for family or friend’s gatherings at restaurants. Incredibly enough, the wines from Beaujolais are very affordable, making them easy to pick for the typical lighthearted ambiance of summer entertaining.

Joined as much by a taste for bonhomie as well as wine consumption, the common objective of the Compagnons is to share their love of Beaujolais with a broad audience - in the liveliest fashion possible. To that end, the Compagnons host an array of activities appropriate for all kinds of “bon vivants.” Four main events (called Chapters) dominate the yearly agenda, starting with a celebration of harvest in September, the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau in November, Valentine’s Day, which begs for a tasting of St. Amour, and springtime, when the Crus are released.

These and other activities celebrate the Beaujolais region not only through its wines but also through exploration of its culinary specialties and its culture and arts. Trips to the Beaujolais region with tours of historic wineries are also planned, with a first project scheduled in 2005.

Furthermore, the Compagnons will continue a tradition that is tremendously popular in France, namely, making themselves available for private events during which, dressed in full regalia, they ceremoniously induct new members to the order. These are a particularly unusual way to celebrate a special occasion such as the birthday or retirement of a wine lover.



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