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Beaujolais for the Ballet

Event: It was an evening of Beaujolais, a wine that traditionally features only a single grape but yields a variety of wines that can please almost any palate. The Augusta Ballet held its first ever Beaujolais for the Ballet to fund its Anyone Can Dance Camp being held in December. The camp, in partnership with the Medical College of Georgia’s nationally recognized Smart Study and the national non-profit organization Operation Frontline, joins the fight against childhood obesity. The Paine House, adjacent to the Paine College Campus, served as the backdrop for an outdoor tasting that featured 10 different Beaujolais.

Approximately 180 tasters sampled the wines provided by Vineyard Wine Market and food prepared by Manuel’s Bread Cafe. They also enjoyed fresh cheeses made by Flat Creek Lodge of Swainsboro. They listened to jazz and according to artist director Emily Sims, helped raise more than $6,000 from the silent auction that included travel packages to Aspen and Paris. Coupled with the money raised from ticket sales the event was a success.

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Nadia Butler, president of the Augusta Ballet Board of Trustees, explains the organization’s goals, “In addition to bringing world-class dance performance to Augusta, we want to spread the joy of dance as both an artistic expression and a way to fitness. The basis of the camp is this: fitness + good nutrition = healthier kids and a better world for us all.”

The campers will learn different genres of dance – improving their fitness level while having fun – and also will receive lessons on healthy yet inexpensive nutrition.

Ms. Butler adds, “We encourage Augustans to join us for an evening of fun for a serious purpose: to raise the money to meet a critical local need. The more tickets we sell, the more children we can reach with our dance camp.”

Operation Frontline, a program of Share Our Strength, is a nationwide nutrition education program. Operation Frontline promotes long-term solutions by mobilizing culinary and nutrition professionals to teach cooking classes focusing on nutrition and food budgeting.

Where: Paine House, the home of Dr. George C. Bradley and Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley.

When: Saturday, November 20, 2010, 7PM

Cost: $50 per person with special-seating tables for eight were also available for $750.


Here is the Quick List of the wines to be presented (click on a wine to see more):

  1. Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2010
  2. Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2008
  3. Georges Duboeuf Brouilly 2008
  4. Georges Duboeuf Chénas 2008
  5. Georges Duboeuf Chiroubles 2008
  6. Georges Duboeuf Jean Descombes Morgon 2008
  7. Georges Duboeuf Régnié 2008
  8. Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2009
  9. Georges Duboeuf Juliénas 2009
  10. Georges Duboeuf Moulin-A-Vent 2008

Here are the detailed wine notes:

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2010

From: Beaujolais, France

Winery: Georges Duboeuf

Year: 2010

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais-Villages 2008

What: An intense, brilliant cherry color with purplish tints. Complex nose with red and black berry aromas (raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants). A smooth wine with fine tannins, harmonious and complete. Ideal for all occasions, from apertif to cheese. Ready to drink, but may be laid down for 1 to 2 years.

From: France

Winery: Georges Duboeuf

Year: 2008

Georges Duboeuf Brouilly 2008

What: Brouilly, the most southerly of the Beaujolais “crus”, also turns out to be the most exuberant; an indisputable example of (nearly) human geography. It is also the biggest “cru” in terms of volume and the most extensive. This Brouilly, with its intense crimson color, releases powerful, harmonious red berry aromas mixed with floral expressions (violets). The wine totally fills the mouth with its rich, full, lively substance and reveals a good balance with it fruity aromas and good tannin structure. It is ready to drink, but may be laid down for another two years.

From: France

Winery: Georges Duboeuf

Year: 2008

Georges Duboeuf Chénas 2008

What: This wine is cherry red with lovely purple tints, and releases expressive, complex red berry and blackcurrent aromas, with a hint of almonds. This clean-tasting wine fills the mouth with fleshiness and grape aromas, then reveals young, promising tannins. Persistent and pleasant, an excellent ambassador for the appellation.

From: Beaujolais, France

Winery: Georges Duboeuf

Year: 2008

Georges Duboeuf Chiroubles 2008

From: Beaujolais, France

Winery: Georges Duboeuf

Year: 2008

Georges Duboeuf Jean Descombes Morgon 2008

From: France

Winery: Georges Duboeuf

Year: 2008

Georges Duboeuf Régnié 2008

What: A lovely deep ruby color, limpid and brilliant, with red and black berry aromas. Initially fresh on the palate, followed by full, aromatic, structured flesh and good length. This well balanced wine is ready to drink.

From: France

Winery: Georges Duboeuf

Year: 2008

Georges Duboeuf Fleurie 2009

From: France

Winery: Georges Duboeuf

Year: 2009

Georges Duboeuf Juliénas 2009

From: France

Winery: Georges Duboeuf

Year: 2009

Georges Duboeuf Moulin-A-Vent 2008

From: France

Winery: Georges Duboeuf

Year: 2008

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