Monday, December 01, 2008

Beaujolais Nouveau

One minute after midnight on the third Thursday of November, the Beaujolais Nouveau is released. If you have not yet picked up a bottle, I would recommend it. I enjoy looking forward to the annual release. The bottles are inexpensive (I have been paying around $10.50/bottle) and are available throughout town.

Beaujolais Nouveau [BOH-zho-LAY noo-VOH] is a red wine, which is made from gamay grapes. It is produced in the Beaujolais region of France. This year the weather was ideal during the harvest, so the grapes ripened evenly and have a good balance of flavors. The grapes are harvested by hand, it is the law. The Beaujolais is meant to have a short aging process.

It is a fruity, mild red. The gamay grape has a thinner skin than most other types of grapes and the result is a lower tannin level. It is meant to be served slightly chilled (about 55°F) to bring out its fruity notes. It goes well with Thanksgiving dinner and it is no coincidence it is released one week prior to our beloved American holiday. It also goes well with spicy dishes.

I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend.

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