It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau time again!  The third Thursday of every November is the official release date of this very fruity Gamay wine of the same year.  Beaujolais is located in the Burgundy region of France. It is a very easy drining, fresh wine with very little tannins.

How they make the wine so fresh is through carbonic maceration where most of the juice ferments while it is still inside the grape.  When the juice is finally extracted it has very little contact with the skin therefore make the wine less tannic.  Which also means this is a “drink now” wine…without tannins, this wine will not age.  Italy is also jumping on the bandwagon and are starting to make some great Beaujolais Nouveau as well. 

Here are my personal picks:

2007 Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau, Georges Duboeuf $15.95 (personal favorite)

2007 Novio Vino Novello, Italy $9.95 (LCBO recommended..can’t wait to try)

2007 Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau $13.25

2007 Cantina di Negrar IGT Novello del Vento, Italy $9.45 (has a lion on the label)

Have a great “Beaujolais” weekend!

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