November 20: Beaujolais Nouveau  Day
Technically a part of Burgundy, Beaujolais is regarded as a separate region. When asked to name the two red grapes of Burgundy, most people wouldn’t be able to get past the revered Pinot Noir; but Gamay, the grape of Beaujolais, rules the southern climes of the Burgundy region . Most of us associate Beaujolais with George DuBoeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau , the wine of the new vintage that is released on the third Thursday of every November to much fabricated fanfare (Beaujolais Nouveau, a young, simple wine, was invented by DuBoeuf as a marketing gimmick to get cash flow while the “real Beaujolais” aged for months in casks). Nouveau is the essence of a great summer sipper, made by a method called carbonic maceration,* which produces a wine of moderate acidity, low tannin, simple, overt fruitiness, even with a bit of spritz.