A popular choice for holiday celebrations, Beaujolais Nouveau is a food-friendly red wine made from Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region of France.
A Unique Process
Beaujolais Nouveau is rather unique in that the wine is produced, bottled and sold within a few weeks of the the grapes’ harvest.
While most wines are made by crushing the grapes and allowing the juices to ferment gradually, grapes destined to become Beaujolais Nouveau are piled into sealed containers that are then filled with carbon dioxide.
This process, called carbonic maceration, allows the grapes to ferment inside their skins, resulting in a fresh-flavored, fruity wine that is very low in tannins.
The official release date for Beaujolais Nouveau is the third Thursday in November. Convenient timing, clever marketing and the nature of the wine itself has made it a favorite to serve with traditional holiday dinners.
Beaujolais Nouveau is light-bodied, fresh and fruity with prominent flavors of ripe red berries like cherry, strawberry, raspberry and currant.
Characteristically soft tannins make Beaujolais Nouveau a good choice for the wide range of foods that often grace the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables. It complements turkey rather nicely and even pairs well with cranberry sauce. You might also consider serving it with chicken, roast pork or broiled salmon.
Serve it moderately chilled, at about 55°F.