Wine is the grape juice of adults, replacing juice boxes as the primary source of shirtfront stains and most valuable tool for making new friends at lunchtime. Raise a glass in an appropriate setting with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get one ticket to Joseph Drouhin’s Beaujolais Nouveau Release Party at the Prickly Pear (a $25 value). The party is on Thursday, November 17, from 7 p.m. to midnight.
The release party for Joseph Drouhin’s 2011 beaujolais nouveau uncorks a cadre of wine samples, tasty American fare, and DJ-spun tunes to commence the production of its latest jammy varietal. Partygoers pass through Prickly Pear’s palm-tree-flanked entryway to gaze upon breathtakingly sophisticated frontier décor, including mounted horns, snakeskin walls, and diner-friendly tumbleweeds, while making their way toward action stations stacked with copious appetizers provided by Nick’s Italian Kitchen. Sample glasses of Drouhin’s latest, fruit-laden beaujolais abound while a stream of good-mood-enhancing songs selected by DJ Benjie Nazarro flows into aural canals like smooth, festivity-shaped sound waves. The relaxed, inviting environment is ripe with opportunities to socialize and share passions for savory fare and lovely libations.
Like Tony Award–winning plays and massager-pencil hybrids, Joseph Drouhin’s winery and wines receive heaps of praise from critics. The company winemakers anticipate the 2011 vintage to be “supple on the palate” with “aromas reminiscent of raspberry mingling delicately with bilberry and blackberry.”
Prickly Pear Steakhouse
Inspired by the American frontier, Prickly Pear Steakhouse lends Southwestern flavors to its menu of classic steak-house dishes. Chipotle adds a kick to chicken wings and hamburger buns embrace barbecue sauce, smoked cheddar cheese, and cuts of beef and buffalo. Steaks such as the marbled rib eye join the 18-ounce cowboy steak, which dons a pasilla-chili crust. Meals are complemented by wines and cocktails including nine varieties of margaritas and the Prairie Martini, a gin-and-champagne concoction served on an Oregon Trail floppy disc coaster.
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