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December wine ~ Beaujolais
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:32 pm    Post subject: December wine ~ Beaujolais Reply with quote

Funny that somebody should mention Beaujolais...one of those freaky-mind-meld funny things...cuz that's exactly what I was planning on picking if I was the one to pick!!! Which I am Wink

Beaujolais has some fun and interesting history and tradition. I am far too tired to put it all into my own words, so I'm gonna copy & paste a bit from http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~walter/wine/beaujolais.html <--here.

Beaujolais is the "fun" wine on most wine drinker's lists. It's not too heavy, it's very fruity, and it's very approachable even for non drinkers. It's the only red wine that actually benefits from being served slightly chilled (this seems to accentuate the fruitiness and encourages consumption in large quantities). Yet good Beaujolais is still complex enough to hold interest. Best of all, almost all Beaujolais is very inexpensive. These factors combined means Beaujolais helps make the party.

Beaujolais [BOE-zjoh-lay] Nouveau is always released the third Thursday of November, regardless of the start of the harvest.

Geographically, the Beaujolais region lies immediately south of Burgundy proper. Unlike Burgundy, Beaujolais grows the Gamay grape for red wine. Note that the "Gamay Beaujolais" you see occasionally from California is not Gamay, but a high-yield clone of Pinor Noir. The real Gamay is technically Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc.

The wine itself is made via a process called carbonic maceration, also called whole berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the wine, without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.This enables winemakers to extract the juice with an absolute minimum of tannin; it is this lack of tannin that makes Beaujolais so easy to drink.

French law requires that all Beaujolais grapes be picked by hand. Beaujolais and Champagne are the only two regions subject to this quaint requirement.

Fun fact alert #1: Every year, about a week before Thanksgiving, a strange thing happens in the wine world. The winemakers of Beaujolais are ready to release the newest vintage, and at the stroke of midnight, the race is off to see who can get the wine to Paris and the rest of the world first. Restaurants celebrate the arrival of the new wine, festivals are held, and terrible hangovers are had. By law, the Beaujolais producers cannot start selling until midnight on the third Thursday of November, to ensure a more level playing field for this madness.


What is the reason for this absurd silliness? It's an odd tradition that started the way traditions do - that is, nobody remembers. But it's a good excuse to throw parties to celebrate the arrival of the new Beaujolais - Beaujolais Nouveau. Sometime in the latter half of the twentieth century, famous Beaujolais producer Georges Duboeuf thought that the rest of the world should be included in this absurdity, and mostly through his aggressive marketing, the release of the Nouveau is now celebrated by wine drinkers worldwide.

Fun fact alert #2: The region of Beaujolais is 34 miles long from north to south and 7 to 9 miles wide. There are nearly 4,000 grape growers who make their living in this picturesque region just north of France's third largest city, Lyon.

Okay...sorry to be so long winded...er, ah...fingered...but I just thought it was interesting Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done chicky! (and thanks for doing the book report for us LOL)

Can't wait to try this one. I may have a long time ago, but I can't remember. (I meant that seriously hahahahha)
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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and thanks for doing the book report for us

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never heard of this one before, which is always fun. But fortunately my new apartment is near a fancy pants wine/beer/cheese shop. So they should have it. At least they better. If they know whats good for them. Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LMAO Laughing !!!! Exclamation
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm cracking up at the "encourages consumption in large quantities" comment!!! now THATS my kind of wine! I'm gonna make a special trip to Bevmo tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great choice! I think Trader Joe's has a few Beaujolais selections--I'll have to look this weekend...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oooh....Trader Joes does? I know they'll be a lot less expensive than Bevmo
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim just got back from the store. He picked up 2 bottles for me (uhm, after 2 phone calls LOL) They are both from the same producer, but different vintages. One is a 2006, the other a 2008.

I think we need to have a wine party and celebrate the arrival of my Beaujolais Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second that notion! or is it motion? crap....HERE! HERE!!
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