Beaujolais Nouveau Nov 16 2017
Beaujolais nouveau display at one of the LCBO stores in Toronto, Ontario.

Every third Thursday in November, producers in Beaujolais (a region in France) release their wines to the world. Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine that is bottled six to eight weeks after harvest and is meant to be consumed immediately.

In cities around the world the release coincides with a party where people celebrate all night eating and drinking the wines. If you’ve never tried Beaujolais, go grab a bottle! It’s light, fruity, easy drinking and can be paired with cheese (like brie) roast chicken or turkey (hello US Thanksgiving!) or even quiche. To keep it simple, you can’t go wrong with a charcuterie board.

Wine and spirits in the province of Ontario in Canada is controlled by the LCBO so here the list of what is what I have access to in this year’s release:

  • Duboeuf Gamay Nouveau (France, $10.95)
  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau (France, $13.95)
  • Beaujolais Villages Nouveau (Joseph Drouhin) (VINTAGES, France, $16.95)
  • Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau (G. Duboeuf) (VINTAGES, France, $15.95)
  • Mezzacorona Novello, Trentino (Italy, $9.95)
  • Negrar Valpolicella Novello Del Veneto IGT (Italy, $10.95)

For me, I’ve purchased the Mommessin and have to wait patiently for Friday to try it as I am having my own petite fête to sample some of the wines, share some food and catch up with good friends I haven’t seen in a while.

À votre santé!