It's that time of year again! Every 3rd Thursday in November the French region of Beaujolais celebrates their first harvest by releasing Beaujolais Nouveau, a young, light, fruity, easy to drink red wine. While many people find the wine to be simple, its the tradition behind this fête that keeps everyone celebrating each year! Here in France, the opening of the bottles is a call for by parties, live music, fireworks and other celebrations.
Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be enjoyed at a slightly chilled temperature. Whenever I host a Beaujolais Nouveau celebration, I like to pair the wine with a charcuterie board of Saucisson, Rillettes and Paté and a warm crusty baguette.
As far as fromage goes, I would suggest a slightly aged Camembert, Brie or even Morbier. And for all of you fellow American readers, this is a perfect wine to pair with your traditional Thanksgiving meal.
If you want to try some more sophisticated Beaujolais, Food and Wine magazine has some wonderful cru recommendations.
Santé bonheur! Avec