It's Beaujolais Nouveau Time!
Released in France with great fanfare on the third Thursday in November, Beaujolais Nouveau is a young wine made of Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region. Although originally intended to be a drink for the locals to celebrate the end of harvest with, the Nouveau has become a worldwide phenomenon because of the tradition surrounding its release and the fact that it's not meant to age, making it a limited edition item every year. And because of its specific release date, the Beaujolais Nouveau has become a token Thanksgiving wine and it just so happens to be an excellent pair to a turkey dinner.
This year, Salty Market has brought in four Nouveau varieties, each of them delicious in its own juicy, low-tannin way. The son of wine legend Georges Dubeouf, who has grown the Beaujolais tradition to a global scale through increased export, released several Beaujolais wines this fall. Our lineup features their Beaujolais Nouveau, Beaujolais-Villages Nouveau and a special Chateau d'Ouilly, harvested from Gamay vines over 50 years old. In addition to the Georges Dubeouf lineup, we have the Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau, the store's traditional Beaujolais pick that has been well loved in previous years.
In addition to being excellent pairings for roasted turkey, the Beaujolais Nouveau is excellent with cheese platters, poultry or game in mushroom and cream sauces, herbed gravy and sausage stuffing. Overall, you won't find a better wine to bring to a Thanksgiving dinner. Serve slightly chilled and enjoy with family and friends!