The third Thursday in November marks the worldwide release of Beaujolais Nouveau, a young wine (6-8 weeks old) made from gamay grapes. That’s cool, because now you can have it ready to serve at Thanksgiving.
Since Beaujolais Nouveau is so young, it has little tannins, and is fruity, light-bodied and easy to drink, making it a nice choice to go with your holiday turkey dinner. The wine is recommended to be slightly chilled to 55°F. If you aren’t a big fan of reds, this may be a good wine to begin changing your mind — to me it’s close to some white wines out there.
Beaujolais Nouveau is not intended for aging, but to be enjoyed now. Georges Duboeuf remains the biggest producer of Beaujolais Nouveau and I always enjoy the colorful and festive labels on this winery’s bottles each year. Here’s a pretty label from 2005, where the bottle was turned into a lamp full of white Christmas lights. Unfortunately, I accidentally broke the cord while I was shooting the photos for this post, so I can’t show you how cute it was. But at least you can see the cheerful label.
One of the best things is that Beaujolais Nouveau won’t break the bank – you can usually find it in the $8 to $10 range. Sweet! So grab a couple of bottles for your Thanksgiving celebration and enjoy!
Please remember to drink and drive responsibly.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry!
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