Beaujolais has something for everyone. From light-hearted nouveau to somm-favorite cru, the French wine region produces a range of styles. Made from acidic and fruity Gamay, Beaujolais is lighter-bodied and lower-alcohol than most reds, and offers a (relatively) inexpensive alternative to similar styles from nearby Burgundy. From why it occasionally smells like bubblegum, to how much […]
There’s a lot of jargon associated with wine, particularly with winemaking. Do most wine drinkers really need to be able to tell if a wine undergoes a punch-down versus a pump-over? For those who don’t plan to get a degree at UC Davis, most of these terms don’t matter very much. One to keep in […]
Send all questions to: email@example.com When someone says that a wine tastes like apples or grass, does this mean that it actually has apples or grass in it? This is actually a question I get a lot. It’s easy to understand why people think this, but alas, the only ingredient in wine is grapes — no […]
Few wines are as polarizing as Beaujolais Nouveau: It’s either totally your thing, or you absolutely can’t abide it. We’ve compiled Google search data from 2015 to determine which states love it and which hate it. Find out which you’re in, and whether your tastes align with those of your state.
Beaujolais Nouveau Day is a worldwide marketing phenomenon, largely dreamed up by French wine merchant George Duboeuf in the early 1970s. You can read the full story of how the day came to be, but if you’re here, you probably have a good idea what Beaujolais Nouveau Day is.
Every year around this time, the campaign begins. Like an upstairs neighbor who insists on practicing their badly tuned trumpet at 2AM, no matter where you go, you’ll encounter marketing material for Beaujolais Nouveau. On the third Thursday of November, the wine gets released, and shops everywhere flood their shelves, hoping the aggressive marketing campaign […]
Every year, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, one of the strongest wine-marketing behemoths takes over: Beaujolais Nouveau season. Wine shops are overtaken with Beaujolais Nouveau displays, restaurants start pouring Beaujolais Nouveau, and people start buying the wine like crazy. All the hype would lead one, especially a novice, to believe that Beaujolais Nouveau must be worthy […]