Get ready because it's almost ready for you! Every year on the third Thursday in November France celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau Day. And this year that will be November 16, 2017.
The celebration starts at 12:01 a.m. in France. The 2017 vintage of Beaujolais will be released, just a matter of weeks after the grapes were harvested from the fields. And the French celebrate this occasion with all-night parties throughout the country.
Clearly, this youngest of all the wines is not meant for anything other than celebrating the recent harvest. Beaujolais is cherry-red in color and has fresh fruity flavors of candied-cherry and strawberry. What is most unique is the wine's banana and bubble gum flavors. Yes, a bit odd but very much worth the experience.
While the celebrations are going on in France, millions of cases of the Beaujolais Nouveau are being shipped around the world. You too can join in on the celebration as you'll likely be able to find bottles in your local wine and grocery stores.
Serve it chilled a bit and enjoy it immediately. These wines are not intended for aging. And with the timing relative to Thanksgiving, have a couple of bottles on-hand for the day. They make for a great conversation starter and they may even go with something on the table.
But for more on Thanksgiving wine pairings, tune in next week. It's not just white wine that works with turkey. Until then, cheers!