Zut alors! Who wants to think about cranberries and stuffing when more than a million cases of Le Beaujolais Nouveau are about to be uncorked? Here's just a sampling of Bay Area restaurants and venues that will be feting the new Beaujolais with Parisian panache next week:
Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner: The Left Bank brasseries in San Jose and Menlo Park will celebrate the new Beaujolais Nouveau from Nov. 15 to 17 by pairing the young wine -- Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau 2012 -- with special Pates Maison, a three-course prix fixe menu ($40) and their usual French-inspired a la carte offerings. San Jose: 377 Santana Row, Suite 1100; 408-984-3500. Menlo Park: 635 Santa Cruz Ave.; 650-473-6543, www.leftbank.com.
Beaujolais de Vendange Party: Kermit Lynch and Bartavelle Coffee and Wine Bar, which took over the old Cafe Fanny spot in Berkeley, will be hosting a "Harvest Beaujolais" party Nov. 17. Sip the new wine, enjoy the Parisian music of Le Baguette Quartette and sample the French-inspired fare of chef Christopher Lee from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1605 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley; http://kermitlynch.com/events/.
Beaujolais Night: San Francisco's Zazie joins the festivities with a special Beaujolais Night on Nov. 15 that includes a special four-course dinner ($59) paired with four Beaujolais wines.
Garçon Celebration: Enjoy the first wine of the harvest season Nov. 15 at San Francisco's Garçon! restaurant, where the Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages will be served with steak tartare, cod brandade and other French specialties. 1101 Valencia St., San Francisco; 415-401-8959, www.garconsf.com.