Really Wicked Wine Recommendation

Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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The week before Thanksgiving is Beaujolais time.

As the clock strikes midnight on the third Thursday of November, the new vintage of Beaujolais, Beaujolais Nouveau, is released to the world! Over 60 million bottles make the trek to Paris for worldwide distribution, of which Germany is the leading importer. This is a young wine (only 6 weeks old), grown from the Gamay grape, and is very fruity, light-bodied, and virtually tannin-free making for an extremely easy-to-drink red wine. It is best served chilled to really bring the fruit forward and is a popular complement to Thanksgiving dinners, in part due to its annual release date and in part due to its food-friendliness.

One writer says:

We’ve heard that Beaujolais Nouveau is often referred to as the “cookie dough” of wines– sweet, unfinished, young, and unpretentious. That’s one of the reasons it goes great with pretty much anything– pizza, pasta, and even your Thanksgiving feast, despite the fact it’s a red wine.

My local wine retailer has a Beaujolais tasting every year so that you can try them all. I like the Maison Albert Bichot Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau 2008. This is very smoky and has a terrific aroma. I paid $10 per bottle. Get some now and drink it while it is young. (High time preferences are a necessity, here!) Beaujolais is springy, light, and unique. Many grocery stores will have it (they tend to carry the Georges DuBoeuf), but Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s may carry the Maison Albert Bichot.

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