The annual uncorking of the Beaujolais Nouveau is a big deal in France, where they know a thing or two about wine. It's also a big deal at La Chatelaine, where they know a thing or two about France.

The annual uncorking of the Beaujolais Nouveau is a big deal in France, where they know a thing or two about wine. It's also a big deal at La Chatelaine, where they know a thing or two about France.

The local bakery and bistro celebrates the new wine each year with a special menu created by a culinary student from Columbus State Community College. This year's featured dish, cooked up by Jada Dunwoody-Brent, is a braised beef in oxtail sauce. I was a lucky taste-tester earlier this month, and I can tell you that the rich, hearty dish (along with a peppery pumpkin soup and salad) goes great with autumn wine.

The three-course dinner is available at all three La Chatelaine locations, by reservation only; the $47-per-person tab includes two (two!) bottles of the good stuff, a French Beaujolais Nouveau and a locally produced Ohio Nouveau.