What’s The Big Deal With this Red Wine? Beaujolais Nouveau
It's the Third Thursday of November, why are wine geeks heading to their favorite wine store? What could possibly be the big deal that people are making over this one red wine? The wine is called Beaujolais Nouveau (Bo-zha-lay new-voh) and don't refer to it as Boo jolais. Think of it this way, it is wine it doesn't scare you, so you don't need to call it Boo-jo-lais. If it were to scare you it probably would've been available before Halloween.
Anyway, this wine is not allowed to be sold before the third Thursday in November, seriously. No, the wine police will not hunt you down and take your wine from you, but the reason for this is based on some French law, that dates back to 1951.
What is this wine all about? It is a light red wine that is made from the Gamay grape. The wine itself is made by using a process called carbonic maceration. Ok, did your eyes just cross? What that means is the grapes, which have been picked by hand in whole clusters, are put into cement vats, and the weight of these grapes on top of one another, allows the juice inside to escape. The grapes, with the juice, don't have a lot of time to spend together, so the wine itself is fresh and fruit forward. It is usually served slightly chilled and in the US, a lot of people use this as their Thanksgiving wine, because it is low in tannin, ripe in red fruit character and pairs well with foods.
Ask your local wine shop to see which Beaujolais Nouveau's that they have selected. Then ask them why? Do they have a favorite? The price's will run anywhere between $11 and $17, depending on the brand. Get one or two to try out. Don't be surprised if you return to the store and they have sold out of your favorite. Keep in mind there are only a certain amount of cased made each year. If you run out though, you will find yourself waiting until the third Thursday of November 2019 for more.
If you are looking for a local, Hudson Valley Gamay option try Whitecliff Vineyards a Reserve Gamay Noir.
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