Beaujolais Nouveau is the most famous of the vins de primeur – wines that are permitted to be sold the same year they are harvested. Released the third Thursday of November, the BoVo seems to go hand in hand with the holiday season. It’s a lighter, fruitier wine with very little tannins.
Now, I know the bum rap that Beaujolais Nouveau gets – it’s immature, just grape juice with alcohol – but I think it’s a guilty pleasure. It’s pretty inexpensive, and since it’s meant to be served slightly chilled along with food, I think it’s a great wine for impromptu winter dinners with friends. In fact, it doesn’t even need a dinner to go along with it! Just load up a serving cart with some good bread, cheeses and a bottle or two! It appeals to the part of me that likes to snack on leftovers directly from the refrigerator, with the door open. In pajamas.
I know that that this year’s harvest is quite small due to bad weather over the summer. And the reviews of the quality of the wine have been…mixed. But I maintain that a bottle of Beaujolais is like those advent calendars with the chocolate behind the panels. It’s not the holiday season unless I’ve popped one open!