Deer Valley Resort's annual Nouveau Beaujolais Festival will tip glasses to the start of the holiday season Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008. "Now in its 26th year, the Festival has become a cherished occasion," says Kris Anderson, Deer Valley's Snow Park Lodge manager. "The event celebrates with delicious and abundant Burgundian cuisine and freshly-flown-in Beaujolais wine, which pairs beautifully with autumn food flavors." The festival, held the Sunday before Thanksgiving each year, kicks off DV's entire holiday season.

The Nouveau Beaujolais Festival will be held in Deer Valley's mid-mountain Silver Lake Lodge, with one seating from 3 - 6 p.m. Deer Valley will offer a Georges DuBoeuf Nouveau Beaujolais in both casks and bottles. New this year, they will be adding the 2007 Georges DuBoeuf Beaujolais Village. This will allow guests to compare and contrast with the Nouveau Beaujolais and the food.

Nouveau Beaujolais Festivals have been held for hundreds of years and began in France as celebrations of the end of the harvest and growing seasons. Nouveau Beaujolais wines are bottled at harvest, not aged, and are traditionally drunk only during the last few weeks in November, as soon as they are released.

A French law was passed in 1967 establishing the earliest moment at which a Beaujolais wine could be consumed: 12:01 a.m., Nov.15. The release date was changed to the third Thursday in November in 1967. Wineries have been permitted, under the 1967 law, to release the wine to distributors three days before the official sale date. At the moment of legal transport, hundreds of trucks invade the Beaujolais region, carrying off containers of new wine for shipping by air or sea.

Beaujolais and Nouveau Beaujolais wines are compatible with most foods, should be served slightly chilled and consumed soon as they do not keep well.

Make your reservations now as the event is a sell-out every year. Reservations can be made beginning Nov. 3, by calling (435) 645-6640 or by mailing a check for $80 per person to Kris Anderson, Deer Valley Resort, PO Box 889, Park City, Utah 84060. Guests will not receive actual tickets - names will simply be on a list at the door.