Ask anyone what France is known for, and chances are, “wine” will make the short list. With regions like Champagne, Bordeaux, and the Rhône river valley, it’s easy to see why. For good reason, France is celebrated as one of the top exporters of wine, and it’s on the 3rd Thursday in November that we celebrate one such type- the Beaujolais Nouveau!
For those unfamiliar with the wine or the tradition, the Beaujolais Nouveau is a young red wine, hailing from the Beaujolais region of France and each year its harvest is celebrated across the country, (and the world for that matter!)
Be careful though- this wine should be drunk relatively quickly upon opening. I made the mistake several years ago of not finishing my bottle within a day and in the spirit of transparency, learned a very valuable lesson. The Beaujolais Nouveau, unlike many other wines, does not get better with age.
I personally enjoy Beaujolais Nouveau best as an appertif, paired with Brie on a croissant, but I find it also goes nicely with a light salad as well. This is an ideal wine for those who enjoy fruity reds, but perhaps don’t like the heaviness that otherwise comes with wines like Merlot or Pinot Noir.
I hope you’re able to pick up a bottle (or two) and celebrate this years Beaujolais Nouveau. Santé!