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As the French say:

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

Les Alpes, Queenstown’s new French restaurant, will be among the first in the world to celebrate one of France’s most famous traditions – the release of new harvest Beaujolais Nouveau wine on the third Thursday of every November.

Preparing to pour the first glasses for a three-night knees-up from next Thursday are (from left) Louise Alipate, Ruggi Bianchi, owners Anne-Marie and Serge Guilhaumou, and Joanna Ganachaud.

Diners sampling a three-course menu receive a free glass of Beaujolais.