November 20: Beaujolais Nouveau Day

November 20: Beaujolais Nouveau Day

 

Beaujolais

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.

Date: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 (All day)
Location: 
Whole Foods Market San Mateo