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The Triangle Chapter of the American Wine Society Presents

The Fascinating Secret Behind Cru Beaujolais

 June 9, 2019

4:00 p.m.

Home of Brenda Weeks

Raleigh, NC

Presenters: Brenda Weeks and Scheryl McDavid


Want to learn the fascinating secret behind Cru Beaujolais wine? Well, first, you should know it is NOT Beaujolais nouveau wine but you don't have to travel to France to find out the rest - a less expensive alternative is to attend the Triangle AWS Chapter's June wine tasting event. Beaujolais is the name of a little area just south of Burgundy that makes wine using Gamay grapes. White wines from the region, which make up only 1% of its production, are made mostly with Chardonnay grapes. Cru Beaujolais tends to be a light-bodied red wine similar to Pinot Noir (which is a cousin of Beaujolais!). It was first cultivated by the Romans 2000 years ago. The Benedictine monks took over production from the 7th century through the Middle Ages and then the Lords of Beaujeu and the Dukes of Burgundy made these wines popular throughout the world.

Beaujolais hit a peak of popularity in the world's wine market in the 1980s with its Beaujolais nouveau wine. As Beaujolais producers capitalized on the "Nouveau craze", production of regular Beaujolais dropped and an eventual backlash occurred in the late 1990s and early 21st century forcing the French to commit to a renewed emphasis on the production of more complex wines. Cru Beaujolais is the highest category of classification in Beaujolais and their wines are more full-bodied, darker in color, and significantly longer-lived. So join us on this journey of exploration and discover Beaujolais is more than Beaujolais nouveau!


Registration Deadline:
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Payment Options:  Please note that members now have two options on how to pay their registration fee:
Email Sue Ohmann at to inform her you have sent a check. Check should be received within 3 business days
Send check (payable to Triangle Chapter AWS) to:
     Sue Ohmann
     8701 Mourning Dove Road
     Raleigh, NC  27615
  1. Log into your account at, select "Pay or send money," and choose sending money to friends and family (DO NOT choose paying for goods or services).
  2. Enter the recipient's email address information ( and name (Melissa Porter) and click "Next."
  3. Enter the amount (as specified above!) and click "Continue."
  4. Select Payment Method of choice.  If paying directly from your bank account or using PayPal balance, it is free.  If you pay with a credit card you get charged a small fee.  Confirm your payment details and click "Send Money Now."

We look forward to seeing you there!



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American Wine Society, Triangle Chapter
Lisa Tillis,  Secretary