The Fresno State Winery will hold its observance of the French tradition, Le Vin Nouveau, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Fresno State Winery — a wine tasting and social event to present its nouveau style wines and other student-produced vintages.

The annual event observes the French tradition of releasing the first wine made from the current year’s just-harvested grapes on the third Thursday of November. In the United States, the tradition was renewed several decades ago, bringing new wines to market just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

The winery will celebrates the holiday by releasing two new wines from its 2012 vintage made in the light, fruity Beaujolais Nouveau style: Nouveau Blanc and Nouveau Rouge.

This year’s event also will feature a 2007 Saviez Syrah, 2009 California Syrah, 2008 Merlot, 2011 San Joaquin County Chardonnay, and a 2011 Pinot Gris.

Guests can meet Fresno State’s winemaker, John Giannini, and Fresno State enology students.

Admission includes tastings of all featured wines, including the nouveau style wines; light hors d’oeuvres; and a Fresno State wine glass and plate. This event is open to anyone 21 and older.

Tickets available at the door: $15 general; $10 for Fresno State students, faculty and staff, and alumni (with valid Fresno State ID); $5 for Fresno State Wine Club members.

Special discounts will be available on select wines at the event.

For more information, contact the Fresno State Winery (2369 E. Barstow Ave, between Maple and Cedar avenues.) at 559.278.9463

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