I am not one to stray from the hype just because some wine snobs say its overrated.
So, whats this Beaujolais Day all about??
Beaujolais Nouveau is the new wine from the first harvest of grapes in the Beaujolais region of France. At 12:01am on the third Thursday of each November, just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested, over a million cases of Beaujolais travel across France racing to markets across the globe. Yes, the wine may be underdeveloped and lacking in flavor. But who doesn’t like a celebration? The vineyard workers and vintners deserve it!
Beaujolais Nouveau is made from 100 percent gamay grapes. The purply-pink, juicy wine is fresh, easy-drinking and inexpensive. This young wine is also intended to be drunk soon, which is why it makes a great holiday season beverage! Its a favorable table wine because it doesn’t over-power food.
Whether this day is a successful marketing ploy or not, I concede. I was excited to find a bottle to bring home. Georges Duboeuf is one of the biggest Beaujolais producers. His wine labels are easily recognizable by their use of colorful flower images and the distinctive Duboeuf insignia. Aside from that, I am not too familiar with any other producers of that region. Luckily, I received an email from a local wine store advertising their Beaujolais tasting this evening! Any opportunity to taste something before buying it – I’m on it. They had three Beaujolais to sample. One being the Duboeuf. Surprisingly it was the cheapest. I went with the next expensive one that was a little bit more interesting.
Domaine Manoir du Carra Beaujolais Nouveau 2016
Grape Varietal: 100% Gamay
Very classic Beaujolais Nouveau flavor. Soft, little tannin, and bright red fruit flavor. But this wine has a dominating banana tang. YUM. Definitely not a wine to sniff, swirl, and contemplate. I recommend this wine to pour and party with!