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The Third Thursday of November
  • 16th Nov, 2017
  • 17th Nov, 2016
  • 19th Nov, 2015

Wine has a long and august history, with an in-depth and diverse knowledge of the various vintages and styles being a hallmark of true upper class sophistication. But even among vintners and Oenophiliacs (wine lovers) there are certain vintages that have a reputation for excellence, and owning them is a hallmark of true wine snobbery. Those with a proper nose are able to distinguish a wine’s special bouquet, all of the subtle variations such as regions, varietal types of wine, and how the wine was manufactured.

So what does all of this have to do with Beaujolais nouveau day? Read on!

History of Beaujolais nouveau Day
Beaujolais nouveau is a special variety of wine produced from the delicious jewel-like Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais area of France. Such is the popularity of this vintage, that there is something of a competition to get the first bottles released for sale, and they’re always released on the Third Thursday in November. Part of what makes this wine unusual is that under the strict regulations on wine to be found in France, it is able to be sold in the same year in which it was harvested. Such wines are called vin de primeur, and tend towards grapes like the Gamay, capable of short fermentation while giving a rich fruity flavor sweetened by residual sugar.

How to Celebrate Beaujolais nouveau Day
Now this is the simplest celebration of all of course! You simply go out and get yourself a bottle of the newest run of Beaujolais Nouveau and share it with friends! The party doesn’t have to end there though, vin de primeur wines are common all year round, and you can use this as your introduction to this special vintage. From the Rose Bordeaux to the Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire, there is an entire world of these wonderful wines out there for the budding Oenophile and veterans alike.

Everyone knows that wine pairs very well with cheese, so this may be a particularly good time to expand your tastes in both wine and cheese. Beaujolais Nouveau day can be your opportunity to open your palette to a whole new world of wines and culture. So drink up friends!

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