The third Thursday of November is the first time French law allows the release of that fall’s young, hand-harvested gamay wines from Beaujolais. Fermented just weeks earlier, the wine drinks incredibly fruity and light and is sought after each year for Thanksgiving tables.
Originally favored by the French locals in celebration of the end of harvest, the wine has grown to nationwide release for decades. Though Beaujolais Nouveau isn’t known as a 100-point rated wine per se, it does drive folks engaged with the tradition to wine stores nationwide. The most well-known brand is George DuBoeuf with its treasured art label and wide production.
This year, the featured artist is Chloe Meyer of Tennessee with her piece titled “Foolish Pleasure” showcasing vibrant hues said to dance across the canvas like the vibrancy of the young red wine. Meyer was selected via social media voting. 2018 marks the first year DuBoeuf releases a Beaujolais Nouveau Rosé in the U.S. luring the rosé faithful to the Nouveau tradition.
There are other Beaujolais vintners as well which you’ll find at your Orange County artisan wine shops like Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa or Wine Exchange in Santa Ana. You’re likely to find mainly the Duboeuf label in wine stores such as Total Wine and grocery stores across Orange County for about $10 and the rosé for about $12. While you’re in Hi-Time or Wine Exchange, ask about Beaujolais Cru wines available in your price range. You’ll get French quality sans the Bordeaux or Burgundy pricing. If you purchase the Beaujolais Nouveau, give it a chill before tasting.
Bistango Celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau on Nov. 16
In honor of the Beaujolais Nouveau tradition, Irvine’s Bistango is throwing a French celebration from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 16. Bistango will showcase the Henry Fessy Beaujolais wines of 2018: Beaujolais Nouveau La Goulue, Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 3 Visages, and Beaujolais Villages Nouveau Vieilles Visages. Executive Chef Javier Montoya’s thoughtful pairings will spotlight the gamay grapes annual debut. It is recommended guests come in French chic attire to fully soak up the celebration, which also includes live entertainment. Guests can purchase the Henry Fessy wines poured, though quantities are limited. For pricing and reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949-752-5222.
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