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(photo from Carolyn Fay)

Happy Beaujolais (Bo-jo-lay) Nouveau (Nu-vo) Day! Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive! (The New Beaujolais Wine has arrived!)

Beaujolais Nouveau Day lands on the third Thursday of November (today!) and is the day when wine makers from the Beaujolais region of France release their wine. Beaujolais wine is made from Gamay grapes and undergoes a special winemaking process called cabonic maceration. This process prevents the extraction of tannins from the grape skins, which has the side effect of making this an approachable, easy-drinking red wine.

(photo from The Pittsburg Post-Gazette)

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is not so much tradition as it is marketing tactic, but yet, one can't help but get excited to see what is available from this year's harvest... especially as it is an excuse to get together with your family and friends and have a smooth glass of red wine!

(photo from The Daily Mail)

As a rule of thumb, a Beaujolais Nouveau should be drunk by the New Year. This wine is not one you age in the cellar -- which is fine as far as I am concerned!

~ the guerilla gourmand