This Thursday will be the Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2013:
Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and further afield to celebrate the first wine of the season.
3 tips to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day properly:
-First, Beaujolais nouveau is a simple wine, actually some pretends it’s not wine at all, we name it a “vin de soif” which means this is a wine you drink when you are thirsty, in fact Beaujolais Nouveau Day it’s just another good reason for everyone to get drunk! So don’t wear expensive clothes, go with old jeans, dirty jumper, you don’t even have to brush your teeth: Beaujolais is a casual party!
-Second, you can invite all your friends, even those who have a problem with alcohol, those who don’t like wine, Beaujolais Nouveau wine will make its own selection. Beaujolais Nouveau is a natural selective party!
-Third, pair it with Charcuterie, camembert, cheese fondue or a Mont d’or cheese if you only have one friend (sad, but it can happen!) or let’s say you want to celebrate it with your partner. Beaujolais Nouveau is an easy party!
Here a free tip to choose the best Beaujolais Nouveau!
As usual the best place to find it is your independent wine merchant, to play the game properly remember that even him hasn’t tried the wine before, he only was able to choose the vineyard.
Beaujolais Nouveau is an appellation different of Beaujolais Village or any other Beaujolais, so the label has to show “Beaujolais Nouveau”. Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is the most renowned, but looking at the natural wine makers you will find some “petites merveilles” with natural Beaujolais winemaker Isabelle Perraud and her cuvée “Brut de Cuve”. It’s made with indigenous yeasts, zero sulfur, zero added sugar, and zero filtration. Karim Vionnet, a natural Beaujolais winemaker based in Villié-Morgon, made just 6000 bottles this year.
If you are in Paris go in the 5ème arrondissement at the Natural Wine Bar Café de la Nouvelle Mairie they throw one of Paris’ most memorable Beaujolais Nouveau events every year, “It’s tradition. And even if Beaujolais Nouveau is bad for the image of the good Beaujolais, the good wine makers making it usually don’t give a hoot about their reputations.”
As a professional I will be tasting the Beaujolais nouveau on Thursday and will post my tasting notes, pray for me.
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