Thursday, November 19, 2020

Beaujolais nouveau

Today's the day that the 2020 Beaujolais nouveau is released. I don't think it's as big an event as it was back when they started heavily marketing it, but it shows up in the stores with a modicum of fanfare on the third Thursday in November.

November wildflowers.

Beaujolais, and now primeur wines from other regions (including ours, the Touraine), are early wines released just months after the harvest. They're meant to be enjoyed young, not aged. In a good year, they're fresh and fruity. In a not so good year, they're still ok. At least that's been my experience.

Jumping on the Beaujolais nouveau band wagon is a nice way to mark the passage of time, the beginning of the transition from fall to winter and, for us Americans, an easy choice for a Thanksgiving wine (the holiday just happens to fall one week from the nouveau release).

So, I'm heading out to the store this morning to stock up on some Beaujolais nouveau to enjoy between now and Thanksgiving Day.


  1. I remember those days in California of the excitement surrounding the Beaujolais nouveau. Too bad you can't just cross the road and pick up a fresh bottle from the neighbours.

  2. I first heard about this from members of a local Francophile society, probably loosely linked to folks at the Alliance Française here. I remember them having a big dinner party to celebrate, and I had no idea what this was all about LOL.

  3. On my shopping list for this weekend

  4. Here the release of the wine is hyped up like the arrival of a new Harry Potter movie
    We are going this weekend to get us some bottles

  5. Oui, Ur-spo, Judy and Walt! It is still hyped by the Alliance Français à Portland; in their email yesterday! Since my cat does not get wine, I will not be buying a bottle for myself to drink with whatever I end up with next Thursday!
    C'est dommage!

    Mary in Oregon

    Mary in Oregon

  6. I saw a news story on this, which added the optimistic comment that it's been a good vintage year. Fingers crossed on behalf of the growers.

  7. mitch, that would be a wide road! Beaujolais is about four hours away.

    judy, funny!

    travel, good!

    michael, enjoy!

    mary, it'll keep with a stopper in the fridge for a few days, or you could drink some and cook with the rest! Coq au vin!

    emm, we tasted some yesterday and it's fine!


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