Today is the third Thursday of November, which of course means “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!”
Nouveau is frequently derided as one of the worst marketing gimmicks
in wine, but I enjoy its arrival – I like to think of it as the official
start of the wine lover’s holiday season. It’s a celebration of the
harvest just past, much like our annual Thanksgiving feast a week later.
And Nouveau’s fruitiness may make it the best partner for the dreaded
palate-killer, cranberry sauce.
Besides, this was supposed to have been a terrific harvest in Beaujolais, so bring it on!
So as the weather chills and we begin to think of snow, holiday
presents and sparkling wine, let’s raise a toast to 2009’s harvest with a
glass of its first wine.