Do You Buy Beaujolais Nouveau for Thanksgiving?


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As a Recipe4Living editor,  I receive a lot of emails with questions and tidbits about food and recipes and the like. The other day a woman sent me an e-mail about Beaujolais Nouveau with a little poem she wrote about this apparent wine. She touted: “This my little item about 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau. It’s funny, because I just met a group of people who had never heard of it – then, they thought they would have to buy a case if they had it ordered! Oh well, it takes all kinds, I suppose.”

Well, I have a confession to make: up until this e-mail, I had no idea what Beaujolais Nouveau was! In fact, I’m still not quite sure I’m clear on the concept but I am intrigued and I would totally be one to want to try a case of the stuff in spite of my lack of knowledge! So, I want to know: Am I alone in this? Did you know what Beaujolais Nouveau was and did you buy some this year?

Read on for an explanation of Beaujolais Nouveau.

Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine made with grapes from the Beaujolais region of France. It is only produced during a certain time of the year and has its very own day when it hits wine stores all throughout the world. Every third Thursday in November, Beaujolais Nouveau enthusiasts can pick up their own bottles of the pinkish purple wine for their holiday feasts. It seems to be no accident that Beaujolais Nouveau Day is always one week before Thanksgiving, making it a very popular Thanksgiving wine.

So, tell me dear readers, was I the only one who didn’t know about Beaujolais Nouveau? And more importantly, is it good or is it like eggnog or mulled wine on Christmas, something drank more for tradition-sake than anything else? Do share your experiences with this wine!

Oh, and here’s an excerpt from that woman’s e-mail article: “French law dictates that this fruity red wine may not be released until 12:01 a.m. on the third Thursday in November. This is now a decades old tradition that has resulted in Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations around the world. The festivities include highlighting the wine’s arrival with costume parties, special deliveries, music, dancing and other special activities. ”

Sounds like a fun tradition!

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  • Tony

    Would you please tell me where can I buy 2008 edition Beaujolais Nouveau in Ann Arbor?

  • http://www.bloglifetime.com/ Andira

    Beaujolais nouveau is a red wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region of France. Production methods leave little tannin in the wine. It is a light, fruity wine best served slightly chilled.

  • http://agoodappetite.blogspot.com kat

    I’ve had it before & knew it was the big Thanksgiving wine but we don’t run out & buy it every year. We’d rather get something we know really enjoy like a good Cote du Rhone

  • http://gourmeted.com Joy

    You’re the second person to mention this to me. I just might go check it at the liquor store tomorrow. :)

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