In the States, all of the attention goes to the fourth Thursday in November. But in France, it’s the third Thursday that prompts a celebration. Today marks the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau, a quickly-produced, easy-drinking wine made from the most recent harvest in Beaujolais, a region in southern Burgundy.
Beaujolais Nouveau has been decried by certain wine circles, the members of which believe that this easy-drinking wine is dragging down the reputation of the Beaujolais region as a whole.
The criticisms have merit: Nouveau is not a complex or developed wine, unlike its cellar-worthy sibling, Beaujolais Cru. Think Fifty Shades of Grey to Cru’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover.
But some are embracing the fun-loving French tradition. Food & Wine reports on a group of Oregon winemakers who are releasing their own version of the infant wine, made with the traditional Pinot Noir and Gamay grapes (read the full story here).