Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2012: November 15. Another Great November Tradition.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

It is always the 3rd Thursday in November — at least that is the day that the bottles of the new pressing are released for sale in France.

The ‘nouveau‘ is French for ‘new‘ and that is what it is all about. The new red wine made from the Gamay grapes from the Beaujolais grape growing (and thus wine producing) region of France.

It is typically produced 6 to 8 weeks after the grapes have been picked. There is usually very little tanin and the wine is invariably ‘fruity’, those the taste and¬†palatability varies from year to year; this, the unexpectedness, being very much a part of the tradition. Most years it is very light and easy on the tongue. You can drink large amounts in a short period of time.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a very big deal in the U.K., especially in London. There are ‘friendly’ races, involving trains, planes, automobiles, hot air balloons and helicopters, to see who can get the first bottle to London, on the day. I think they manage to get it into London by 11 a.m. (the one hour time difference with France helping) — and definitely by lunch time. When I worked in London it was obligatory to go to a pub that evening to celebrate the ‘nouveau‘.

Stop Press

I just looked up the NH Liquor Stores to see what their plans were for this year’s ‘nouveau
and discovered that they are having a complimentary [i.e., FREE] wine tasting!
But, undated as you can see, might be OLD. So check.

Click to read Press Release.

So we should be all set. Noting close to us. I will keep you posted.


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