As Beaujolais Nouveau Day rolled around, I hunted for a bottle of cru Beaujolais, something to compare side-by-side with the fresh 2017 vintage Nouveau announced on every wine shop sandwich board. It wasn’t a difficult pursuit; there were at least 15 cru options available, most from tried-and-true producers that have grown more popular each year.
November may be the traditional season for Beaujolais, but this somm favorite is suitable for sipping all year round. Always made from Gamay, Beaujolais got a bad rap for years because of the barely fermented, thin Beaujolais Nouveau. Excellent Beaujolais, particularly from the region’s 10 crus, can maintain its drinkability while being complex, versatile, and […]
At the end of a season it’s particularly easy to fall into a rut, even with wine. You continue reaching for the same wines week after week, until all of a sudden you realize that you haven’t tasted some of your favorite grapes and regions for months. A wake-up call came for me last week […]
Ask any sommelier which wines they’re kicking back with off the clock and it’s a safe bet that cru Beaujolais is on that list. Recently, the region of Beaujolais has begun to crawl out from under the poor reputation imposed on it by the Thanksgiving mainstay Beaujolais Nouveau.
Beaujolais has long been considered the quintessential Thanksgiving wine, thanks mostly to the young, just-barely-wine Beaujolais Nouveau and a lot of clever marketing in the 1970s. And while these light-bodied, low-tannin reds do pair well with turkey and all of its friends, doesn’t it seem odd that a French wine is the classic pairing for such […]
Contrary to popular myth, Pinot Noir isn’t the only red grape that’s allowed to be grown in Burgundy. Sure, there’s the Beaujolais region of Burgundy, whose wines are made from Gamay, but we’re talking about Burgundy proper, home of outrageously expensive Pinot. Isn’t there a law that says Pinot Noir is the only red grape […]
The leaves have changed and wine shops are ordering bottles like mad for you put on the Thanksgiving table. There’ll be deals and shelf talkers and crowds of confused consumers trying to find the right wine for the cornucopia of flavors that come with decades of tradition and the desire to incorporate one’s own native […]
The majority of American wine consumers, pretty much everyone who casually drinks wine, are familiar with at least one or two wines from France, but that’s about as far as it goes. And in all likelihood, those wines have names like Bordeaux and Burgundy. After that, most wine drinkers are unfamiliar with all of the […]
While on the one hand an honor, planning a friend’s or family member’s bridal shower can be a bit of a daunting task. Where do you even begin? Well, if you’re thinking of planning a shower that includes delicious wine, you’re in the right place.