I do hope that all that read this and are celebrating “American” Thanksgiving Day have a wonderful time to enjoy family and friends. Around Thanksgiving time, there has begun a new tradition of the Beaujolais Nouveau. I can remember years ago, a few restaurants in town would fly in barrels of this wine, and there was much to do about the actual opening day of the wines, and when they could be sold. Beaujolais may be one of the most known name of wines from France, and they can be found from mediocre to something quite exciting and interesting.
Beaujolais like it’s other cousins from France has sub-divisions. There is Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages and then individual Villages and sometimes even an individual grower. Though most of Beaujolais is grown by many small growers and sold to blenders to maintain a certain taste year to year. I will discuss this area more in depth at some point in time, but for today I am just talking about Beaujolais Nouveau which is a young wine that has been bottled and hopefully features a full fruit taste and nose. This is a wine that is not intended for cellaring, but more for enjoying at the moment.
Because of the timing of this wine, it has become a darling of Thanksgiving dinners. I have to admit that I have offered it to my guests as part of the Thanksgiving feast. I am just going to show some of the assorted wines of the moment that we have offered our guests on this day, and tomorrow I will actually discuss our latest Thanksgiving dinner and the wines of that day.