For many, November 15th came and went as a Tuesday might have normally would have. The daily grind, the 9 to 5, the coming home to chores or episodes of The New Girl. For others, there was a mandatory stop at the wine store. Some left with a bottle or two, some left with a case. It was Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Marketed now as a â€œThanksgiving Day wineâ€, Beaujolais nouveau is a fantastic option to pair with heavier winter meals.
Made from grapes from the Beaujolais region of France, Beaujolais nouveau is only fermented for a few weeks before it is bottled and shipped around the world. Like all European wines, itâ€™s named after the region itâ€™s produced, not the grape itâ€™s made of. Unlike American wines, there are strict laws regulating its harvest â€“ the gamay grapes must be hand harvested and the wine is fermented with whole berries to emphasize the fruit rather than extract the tannin in the grape skins. This is why you get hints of banana, fig and pear when you drink it. Itâ€™s an end of harvest wine, ready to drink about 2 months after it is harvested, and until after World War Two, was only available for local consumption. Now 49 million liters are made and exported across the globe.Continue reading