Thursday, December 9, 2010

Beaujolais: The red wine that drinks like a white!

I just have to rave about my obsession with Beaujolais for a little bit.  It's so light and refreshing and full of personality.  Beaujolais is a region in France known for the Gamay grape.  One thing that is so different about Beaujolais is that it is very light and low in tannins.  It's only fermented for a few weeks and is to be opened very soon after bottling.  In fact one of the most celebrated days each year in the wine world is "Beaujolias Nouveau"  which celebrates the first harvest of the gamay grape.  I recently was able to try the 2010 harvest and it was quite tasty and made for a great Thanksgiving wine.  However, if you have the opportunity I would reccomend getting any of the 2009 villages Beaujolais.  This is an extraordinary vintage and should not be missed!  Georges Deboeuf is an excellent shipper and is widely available in most liquor stores.  As far as food pairing, think picnic food and snacks.  If nothing else, Beaujolais is a terrific wine to drink on its own.  Well that's all from me for now.  Happy drinking!