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The Beaujolais Nouveau 2008 Has Arrived!

November 20th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Beaujolais Nouveau 2008Just like November for Americans can only mean Thanksgiving; November for the French means the Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived!  More than one third of the Beaujolais grown, produced and sold is for the Beaujolais Nouveau consumption!  This year’s harvest, however, is at an all time low since 1975 because of poor weather conditions this past summer.  Twenty-five percent of production was lost and certain vineyards lost the totality of their harvest.

Don’t worry, that hasn’t stopped the party plans that take place in every bar, restaurant and home in France for one of the most celebrated festivites of the Fall.  What use to be a regional celebration after harvesting the grapes, has become a wine festival celebrated throughout the world where the Beaujolais Nouveau makes its way to Paris and then to all parts of the globe! With millions of bottles arriving at bars, restaurants, and stores around the world almost simultaneously, is it any wonder that starting at midnight on the 3rd Thursday of November (today!) people have taken to heart this Beaujolais Nouveau 2008Autumn ritual and immediately begin consuming the wine right on through the weekend! 

The Beaujolais Nouveau is a light wine (in taste, not color) that one should drink within a relatively short period of time; usually between a few weeks to a few months.  The only problem with such a young wine is it goes straight to your head, and boy the stories I can tell you living right across the street from Chez Georges on the Rue des Canettes for many years!  Nowadays, however, I prefer just having one glass and then moving on to a more robust wine.

Maya Muses:  The Beaujolais Nouveau is here and is it any wonder why people everywhere love the festivities surrounding this very popular celebration?  Cin Cin!

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Tags: Food and Wine · Paris - Paname

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mia // Nov 20, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    Ooh,so it is today!
    We use to go out and have a taste of it….
    I remember one time when we were in London,many years ago and went out to a restaurant and drank Beaujolais Nouveau!
    Don’t remember how we got back to our hotel though,LOL…
    So you are right about that!It goes straight to your head!

    No wine for me tonight though…If I had some now I probably would fall under the table…
    Too tired!

    But I love good wine…drinking wine with our friends that have their own small wine import business are, well,an experience of all senses…

    The stories they could tell,when they first started it!
    Forgetting that they should spit out the wine they tasted, when testing different sorts of wines..for example…

    Which wine do you prefer by the way?White or Red?

  • 2 Lynn // Nov 21, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Good wine, good food and good company – what more could you ask for! I don’t care for the Beaujolais Nouveau or a Beaujolais wine in general. I prefer red to white….give me a Haut-Médoc (Bordeaux) and I’m happy!

    I don’t like white wine in general, but I love a Sauternes, which is great as an apéritif, or goes well with foie gras , or as a dessert wine because of its sweetness.

    What do you prefer?

  • 3 Lynn // Nov 21, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Your friends remind me of the time I was visiting friends in San Francisco we would go visit the vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma, but we could only make it so far each time because by the time we got to our fourth or fifth vineyard for the wine tasting, we would be drunk! LOL!

  • 4 Mia // Nov 22, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    I would love go visit vineyards….but not so much to be that drunk…and I hate having a hangover!
    Been a long time since I had one!

    I like Good Red Wine….

    We just tasted;crianza”villa campa”del Marqués,
    a Spanish wine..not too bad…

    Don’t have any favorites for the moment…

    Like Sauternes too…

  • 5 Lynn // Nov 23, 2008 at 5:08 am

    Yeah, I don’t like to drink until I have a hangover either; I can’t even remember the last time that happened…..years and years ago. Patrick and I are use to drinking wine with dinner each evening, so it takes more than a bottle to even start to feel the effects.

    There are some good Spanish wines; recently I bought a few bottle from Chile that were very good!

  • 6 Mia // Nov 23, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    We really like wine from Chile!

    I remember when we were in London years ago and had a room in Regent Palace Hotel..
    (They are renovating it big time now, by the way!)

    We had bought a bottle of red wine from Chile,rather expensive…
    A fresh goat cheese and some nice crackers that we had bought at Fortnum and Mason!

    We sat in our beds,it was darn cold,we could feel the wind coming from the window…

    We did not have any glasses, but cut the top off from a water bottle, and shared the wine from there,had no plates, but used a piece of paper for the cheese and crackers…

    It tasted fantastic!
    That wine I will always remember and the goat cheese….mmmm

  • 7 Lynn // Nov 24, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Mmm! You’re making me hungry! I love goat cheese! Lol. Isn’t it funny how just mentioning something like a bottle of wine from Chile can bring back wonderful vivid memories!

    Patrick has promised to make a Salade de Chèvre Chaud for the first course of our Thanksgiving dinner! (He doesn’t cook the traditional Thanksgiving meal, but I don’t mind.) Back to the hot goat cheese salad…. believe me I’ve tried plenty (it’s almost alway what I’ll order at a restaurant), but Patrick makes the best!

  • 8 Mia // Nov 25, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Tell me how to make it!

    When are you coming to Europe again by the way?

    I do wanna eat,drink,talk,and then talk some more with you!
    Now I really have to go and eat something!

  • 9 Lynn // Nov 26, 2008 at 12:54 am

    When go back and forth every year, but we haven’t decided yet when….I’ll tell you more about it later.

    Patrick will have to tell you how to make the salad, I just eat it!!! LOL.

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