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Beaujolais Nouveau 2020 [Georges Duboeuf] — THE Review: Tangy, Taut, Mature But Still Fruity; Easy To Enjoy.

by Anura Guruge

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Wow. It is GOOD. No issues. Nothing negative. All positive. 2020 Beaujolais Nouveau 2020 (from Georges Duboeuf) is a BRIGHT SPOT in this unusual year.

It is quite tangy (on the first sip). That is the tannin. Tannin is a trademark of red wines in general, & Beaujolais Nouveau in particular. So, that is not a bad thing. I could smell the tanginess in the bouquet. I like the bite of tannin, so this was a PLUS in my book.

Robust, deep & TAUT giving it a mature feel. Yes, there is a nice, lingering berry-flavored aftertaste. All good. Of course, it is a full-bodied wine. A deep red.

If you like reds you will relish this. Easy to like.

It is NOT a sweet, light — flippant — wine. It is NOT meant to be.

I think it is a winner. I will drink all 4 bottles of my current batch with pleasure. I most likely will buy a few more.

I got to the Rochester (NH) Liquor Store just after 1pm. From what I could see only two bottles had been sold. This years price is $12.99. WOW. Up $2 from last year. It wasn’t that long ago that it was $7.99. SMILE. C’est la vie.

It is worth $12.99. SMILE.



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by Anura Guruge

Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 [Georges Duboeuf] — THE Review: Very Fruity, Much Milder, Tangy But V. Smooth; Extremely Pleasant.

by Anura Guruge

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Anura Guruge November 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau

By far the fruitiest it has been in many years. That is NOT a bad thing. Feels very organic, makes you one with the earth. Yes, of course, there is the tanin but the fruitiness distracts from it — one could even say overpowers it. That, to I, is the highlight of the Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 — it is noticeably ‘fruity’. That is GOOD. Makes it very easy and pleasant on the palate. You might have to be careful. It is, from what I can see, extremely easy to imbibe.

When I opened the bottle there wasn’t much of a bouquet. That worried me slightly, but it was unnecessary. This is a decent Beaujolais Nouveau.

It is probable that wine connoisseurs will scoff it as being too sweet and ‘mellow’. C’est la vie. This is Beaujolais Nouveau, and by definition it does not set out to be pretentious. It is $10.99 a bottle this year. Not sure whether it has, again, gone up a $1 since last year. It wasn’t that long ago when it was $7.99. But, at $10.99 it is NOT BAD — actually it is quite good.

I like it. But, I am not a poseur. I have simple, humble tastes that becomes and befits my humble roots and modest circumstances. SMILE. I am not into indulging in $60 bottles of wine.

I like a wine that is congenial. Wine that doesn’t demand — cry out for — attention. Alas, I rarely have time for social drinking! I imbie while I am writing or watching cricket on TV. I want my wine to be pleasing but not be the center of attention. This Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 does that. It is a very congenial, convivial wine. I love it.

I know that the 5 bottles I got will be gone soon. That will not be a problem.

I like it, I like it a lot. It is very easy on the palate and gentle on your well-being. It is pleasant and silky. That fruitiness is near ‘priceless’.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 — THE Review: Richy, Velvety & Robust; Piques The Palate.

by Anura Guruge

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Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 Anura Guruge

I was hooked on it after the second sip. Rich, velvety and robust. I am a habitual red wine drinker and this comes across as a wine punching well above its weight.

It does belies its newness; it comes across as more cultured than what one expects from a Nouveau.

It definitely is reminiscent of the Beaujolais Nouveaus from the last few years and that is not a bad thing (at all) since we lucked out in those years.

I would, indubitably, call this a ‘GOOD ONE’.

Last year’s was a good and this, to I, seems marginally better. A touch of unexpected velvetiness that makes it feel rich and fulfilling.

I like it. I like it a lot.

Georges Duboeuf yet again appears to have done us proud.

Yes, of course, it has the tannin that it is supposed to — which makes it tart and ‘tight’. But, that goes with the territory so to speak. If it wasn’t tart it would not be a Beaujolais Nouveau.

Yes, it also has a very pleasant fruity aroma. A touch of berries.

As is my wont I made a special trip and bought four bottles. Yes, the price has gone up again — by a dollar, I think. Not much in the overall scheme of things, but still a shame. Keeping it under $10 made it feel like a bargain.

Bottom Line: a very decent wine that is punching well above its weight.

You really should try it out.

Happy Beaujolais Nouveau 2018.


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by Anura Guruge

Sinhala New Year (Avurudu) 2015 Cakes & Hampers By Kapruka (But Only In Sri Lanka).

Anura Guruge December 2014 thumbnail..
by Anura Guruge

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>> Sinhala New Year: Background.

>> Goodies cart.
>> 1st Sinhalese New Year 2014 post.

>> Google Doodle For Sri Lanka
>> Independence Day

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I am pretty sure that they will crack this in a couple of years BUT for now all these goodies can ONLY be delivered within Sri Lanka. So, NO — you can’t have it delivered in the U.S., and more the shame. Yes, for one the prices would have to change, but all U.S. Sri Lankans (and I am not one) are filthy rich and money is never an issue. So I am surprised that Kapruka hasn’t extended this to include items shipped from Sri Lanka — or made in the U.S. Having food sent over could be an issue. But, all of this could be made in the U.S. — albeit for a price. Maybe I should do this!

What Is Happening To & At Huggins Hospital, Wolfeboro, NH?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Huggins Fair 2013 — Aug. 5, 2013.
>> My FALSE PSA from Huggins — Aug. 1, 2012.
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Mamogram 20130002

Mamogram 20130001

Notice anything strange
about this flyer we got from Huggins Hospital
on Saturday?

It was actually very timely. Deanna had had a physical at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (Concord) on Thursday and had been told to get a mammogram. She was thinking about getting it done at Concord Hospital when this flyer came.

I have never forgiven Huggins Hospital for the grief it caused me through its FALSE PSA reporting.

But, Huggins is our nearest hospital and we use it when we have to.

Something is not right at Huggins — of late.

We were there, in the Emergency Room (ER), a few weeks ago, crack-of-dawn, i.e., 8:30 am, on a Monday. Over the weekend Teischan managed to fall off a stationary skateboard and hurt her foot. Though it was slightly swollen I was sure that there were no broken bones. That is one of the many advantages of having played rugby, in school, in Britain, in the early 1970s. IF you yourself didn’t break anything, you were still likely to see at least one broken bone injury a game. So you get fairly expert at spotting broken bones. I do have an enviable diagnostic record in this respect. But, despite my assurances Deanna was not convinced. So we took Teischan to Huggins ER on Monday.

The ER was deserted. No patients. Just one rather bemused volunteer and two frumpy receptionists pretending to be busy. Though we were the only ones there it took the receptionists 20 minutes to get around to calling us.

Yes, we had to get an X-ray. So we accompanied Teischan, through multiple automatic doors, to the X-ray room (to call it a department would be a joke). [I was right. Just a strain. Ace bandage, which I had already done.]

The hospital was deserted. Empty. I have seen more activity in Arizona ghosts towns than at Huggins, of late.

Eerily quiet. So there is now this pervasive air of morbidness though the place is SPOTLESSLY clean — probably because they have so few patients.

Yes, we all know that Huggins stopped delivering babies years ago. I can understand that.

But, I heard recently that Huggins no longer has full-time cardiologists! How is that possible?

Wolfeboro, NH, the Oldest Summer Resort in the U.S., outside of Florida, is the Old People’s Capital of the U.S.

And we are not talking just, hoi polloi old folks. We are talking Mittens Romney RICH, very rich old folks with Titanium health policies.

What gives.

The new building looks a million dollars — and I know it costs much, much more.

But, the place is empty.

And then this flyer. [I know. You thought I forgot.]

So did you spot the incongruity?


Just the Web URL.

Yes, it tells you to call your primary care provider to schedule an appointment, BUT is Huggins that ashamed of itself, and I can understand if they were, after how they screwed up my PSA, that they are too embarrassed to give out their phone number?

There phone number is, in case you want it:

Alton, NH Tax Base Went Down For 3 Key Reasons — Necessitating The ‘Large’ Increase In The Tax Rate.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.


..by Anura Guruge

Just a few of the related posts:
[do a SEARCH (>>>>) on ‘Tax’ for others’]
1. Alton, NH Property Tax ‘Impact’ Has Gone Up 4% Since Last Year
>>Nov. 28, 2012.

2. Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: 23rd Lowest In State! I Am Humbled …
>>Nov. 26, 2012.

3. Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: Highest It Has Been In Last 5 Years
Nov. 19, 2012.

Click to ENLARGE. Comparison of Alton’s tax structure for the last 6 years — from the Alton Town Web site. Note that the ‘Town Valuation’, i.e., tax base, has gone down.

A typical 'mobile' home valuation in Alton -- this is one of the nicer 'parks'.

A typical ‘mobile’ home valuation in Alton — this is one of the nicer ‘parks’. Click to ENLARGE.

Alton Christian Conference Center fire on April 13, 2009 — Easter Weekend [which we witnessed.]

Yesterday was ‘Tax Day‘ in Alton. I dutifully trudged up the stairs and wrote a check. It was around 4pm. It wasn’t busy, but I saw two others coming in with their taxes. Yes, I do know that most pay by mail or have it paid directly by their mortgage holder.

As promised I did, however, dally around and make some discreet (by my standards) inquiries as to what happened to our tax base. Yes, the tax base did go down — as is very clear from the above table.

It appears there were three main reasons for this decline, which in turn forced the Tax Rate to go up because the requisite money has to be collected somehow. The 3 reasons why the base went down were as follows:

1/ Some high-end properties [read ‘waterfront‘] had (by now) unrealistically high (pre-2007) valuations.

2/ A major drop in the value of ‘mobile’ homes. [Anybody who follows the local property market would attest to this. Nonetheless, I went and did some checking using our online ‘Appraiser Valuation’ database. Wow. $62K for a nice, big, well maintained ‘mobile’ — which I think was on the market a few years ago for upwards of $100K. Wow.]

3/ The large number of building that were lost in the 2009 Christian Conference Center fire. The taxes associated with these buildings are gone. Hhhmmm.

I also found out that nobody had said a word about the higher tax rate — confirming my belief that Alton is a very rich town.

Alton, NH Property Tax ‘Impact’ Has Gone Up 4% Since Last Year, 14.2% Since 2007.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Related post:
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: 23rd Lowest In State! … Nov. 26, 2012.
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate: Highest It Has Been In Last 5 Years.
>> 29.4% Rise Since 2007 — Nov. 19, 2012.
>> Alton, NH Property Tax Rate ‘2012’: $13.68/1000 Assessed Value
>>Nov. 14, 2012.

>> Did All Alton Property Assessments Go Up 7% — August 11, 2012.

Here are the actual numbers:

Click to ENLARGE.

What I wanted to establish, for Alton, was the real tax impact, i.e., the increased total tax rate against the change in property values.

That, as anybody who follows NH property tax will tell you is the only way to get a true read.

For 2012 – 2013, following the latest reevaluation of property prices, the total taxable property value base for Alton went down; albeit it, at -0.6%, by not that much, though it is the lowest it has been since 2007.

So, realistically the total tax rate had to go up to compensate for that. That is how it works. That meant the total tax rate had to go up at least 0.6% to maintain par.

The problem is that the Total Tax Rate went up 4.7% — the town portion & the school portion both going up.

Compared to 2007, the tax impact in Alton has gone up 14.2%.

On our road, THE best maintained dirt road in NH, the 21 properties saw an average tax increase (per property) of $352.34 from 2007 to 2012. Maybe that is par for the course. All I know is that my taxes have gone up. I guess most people in Alton don’t really care. It is but mere bagatelle to them no doubt given that Alton is a rich town. I just wanted to see how things stacked up. Since I do it all in Excel, cutting and pasting the data from the State Website, it doesn’t take me long and it makes sure that I keep my Excel skills polished.

The one thing I really would like to find out is how Alton lost $9.2 million in overall property value when most values, as far as I can see, went up. It could be that the default rate has increased. IF I can muster enough courage I will try to broach the subject when I take in my check for the taxes in a couple of weeks. Happy holidays.