About Beaujolais Nouveau
A popular choice for holiday celebrations, Beaujolais Nouveau is a light-bodied red wine made from Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region of France.
It is a rather unique wine in that it is produced, bottled and sold within a few weeks of the the grapes' harvest.
Most wines are made by crushing the grapes and allowing the juices to ferment gradually, but those grapes destined to become Beaujolais Nouveau are piled into sealed containers that are then filled with carbon dioxide.
This process, called carbonic maceration, allows the grapes to ferment inside their skins, resulting in a fresh, fruity wine that is very low in tannins.
The official release date for Beaujolais Nouveau is the third Thursday in November, and this perfect timing combined with clever marketing has made it a favorite to serve with Thanksgiving dinner.
Because it is so easy-drinking, Beaujolais Nouveau really is a nice choice for the wide range of foods that often grace the Thanksgiving table, and even die-hard white wine drinkers should enjoy a glass or two. Serve it slightly chilled, at about 55°F.
Georges Duboeuf is one of France's best known wine brands and largest producer of Beaujolais Nouveau. Their 2011 vintage has rich aromas of blackberries and currants, lush berry flavors and a crisp, dry finish.
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is available nationwide and retails for around $10.