November 21: Nouveau Beaujolais
Anyone who knows me … knows I love all things French. I was part of a foreign exchange program to Arcachon, France, my junior year in high school; I majored in French in college; I spent two weeks on a solo trip to Paris in 2011. French is in my blood (…although I have yet to find any genealogical connection to the country. Still searching though…)
Every year at this time, however, the distance across the ocean is diminished just a bit. It is the release of Nouveau Beaujolais.
For those who may not be familiar with this annual tradition, Beaujolais is made with the Gamay grape. While most red wines are aged two, three or more years, Nouveau Beaujolais is only aged about 4-6 weeks – and is always released at midnight on the third Thursday of November.
Many cities around the world participate in midnight celebrations – but here in the midwest we are content with pouring a glass with our evening meal.
Nouveau Beaujolais is a light, fruity wine and is only suitable for drinking for about six months.
This evening I decided to up the ante. I thought a good bottle of wine deserved a good French meal – and what better than Boeuf Bourguignon. The recipe was detailed but simple and the end result was superb.
We don’t eat like this often, but on these special occasions I am indeed grateful for good food and good wine. And for most other days… I am grateful for simple, nutritional sustenance and clean drinking water.