Just 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 Autumn 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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