Thursday, November 15, 2007

Beaujolais Nouveau celebration kicks off at Paris Las Vegas

Jennie Garth, current contestant on ABC's hit show "Dancing with the Stars" and former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star, flipped the switch lighting Paris Las Vegas' 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower red at 12 midnight on the morning of Thursday, November 15th. Garth's appearance launched a week of Beaujolais Nouveau festivities celebrating the release of the 2007 wine.

Honoring the long tradition regulated by French law, Beaujolais Nouveau is released no sooner than the third Thursday of November, when it is ready for consumption just six weeks after the harvest. Thus, at one minute past midnight, huge celebrations are held all over the world to taste the latest wine of the harvest. More than 65 million bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau will be consumed in the months to follow.

The unique tower lighting activated by Garth launched a bevy of resort events. As the tower was bathed in red light, Garth joined her "Dancing with the Stars" partner, Derek Hough, traveling down the famous Las Vegas Strip and arriving at Paris in a European style horse-drawn carriage delivering the cask of Beaujolais Nouveau to the base of the Eiffel Tower. Immediately following the kick-off, award-winning chef Jean Joho and world renowned Chef Guy Savoy led invited guests in a festive ceremonial tasting at Mon Ami Gabi, the resort's sidewalk café.

Guests throughout Paris Las Vegas will enjoy the week-long festivities. The hotel is offering samples of Beaujolais Nouveau to guests upon check in, and three of the property's restaurants - The Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Mon Ami Gabi and Les Artistes Steakhouse - will feature specialty menus.

Paris Las Vegas is a Harrah's Entertainment resort. From its dramatic 50-story replica of the Eiffel Tower to authentic architectural reproductions, elegant décor and superb convention facilities, to its fine cuisine, European-inspired boutiques and world-class entertainment - Paris Las Vegas celebrates the romance, excitement and savoir-faire of the European City of Light.

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