November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving Wines: 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau

The tasting of each year's Beaujolais Nouveau is a Thanksgiving tradition to be had by all. Beaujolais, a region of Burgundy, France where nearly 3,600 growers produce the ever-loved varietal, is released the third Thursday of every November just one week before we carve our turkeys.

Made of 100% Gamay grapes, which have thinner skins than others grapes causing lower tannin levels, Beaujolais Nouveau by law must be hand-grown on individual free-standing vines. It is young, vivacious and ultimately fruit-forward. Its versatility complements many dishes and can a great accompaniment to your holiday entertaining. And rumor has it, this year's vintage is going to be better than those of the past 50 years.

Try George Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau ($9.99) and serve cool!


Brianne said...

I am so excited! I love the Beaujolais release! :) Last year it was kinda "meh" though, was that just my imagination? So excited about the rumor...buying from a wine store TONIGHT.

WinoBee said...

Well, the rumor is this is going to be the best vintage in 50 years!

Josh said...

Went to the store to pick some up yesterday and they were sold out. Told me to come back off I go!

Josh @nectarwine

WinoBee said...

So funny - the same thing happened to me the other night. I'm traveling for the holiday now and hoping I can grab a few more bottles to share with the family on Thursday!