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!