It’s easy to get caught up in all the pre-Thanksgiving hype, but it’d be a shame to lose sight of another very special Thursday in November.
There’s about to be the annual mad rush for Beaujolais Nouveau, that young, red French wine, loved by many and, frankly, scorned by some. This coming Thursday, Nov. 19, is this year’s release date.
Made from Gamay grapes, always hand-picked in the Beaujolais region of France, fans of Beaujolais Nouveau often cite a fruitier taste and enhanced drinkability over a typical red. One contributing factor is the carbonic maceration fermenting process, which results in fewer tannins and less acid. This young wine — with no more than 8 weeks from harvest to bottle — is served chilled, and may have more cross-over appeal to a palate that doesn’t normally go for red wine.
In fact, the entire life-cycle of the Beaujolais Nouveau tends to be younger; the rule of thumb is that it should be consumed by the May following its release, though different years yield different results (and, according to some, this year’s looking good!).
Events spring up nationwide to celebrate the release of Beaujolais Nouveau, often local wine bars, wine merchants, and French restaurants. But remember to stock up: this eminently drinkable, lively wine might be perfect when paired with your Thanksgiving dinner. Or at least after all the guests have left.