Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé 2017

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé 2017

The Nouveau wines are released today. I still look forward to this release every year. This year feels a little exciting and there is definitely something a little different about the 2017 vintage, especially from France. The wines this year are a little more austere and this may be a year where it’s worth tucking a bottle away for a year or so. I don’t normally enjoy spending a lot of money on these cheap…

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A Day in Beaujolais

A Day in Beaujolais

I traveled to France in November to check out the Beaujolais Nouveau release.  After spending a few days hunting for Cabernet Franc in St Émillion I knew that I had to go to Beaujolais.  Beaujolais, like Ontario, is currently take the long way up recovering from a bruised reputation stemming from a market that was flooded with bad nouveau.  It is also no secret that I am a Gamay hunter (search my twitter feed @andrewinereview…

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Beaujolais Nouveau is Alive and Well.

Beaujolais Nouveau is Alive and Well.

“This is the best party of the year at this bar” these words were uttered to me by a very drunk French patron of Le Barricou (1 Boulevard Du Temple, Paris) at 11pm on November 20th the release of the 2014 Beaujolais Nouveau.  Walking down the streets of Paris you see many bistros with the poster announcing the release of Nouveau.  By 11pm I knew that one sleepless day was worth the flight to help…

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Nouveau Release 2014

This week on November 20th we will be greeted with 9 offerings from France, Italy and Ontario in their local LCBO.  Nouveau has a certain contradiction about it … the hardest wine snobs will turn their nose up at it… but the budding wineaux has no idea that it even exists. Nouveau is the first wine of the 2014 harvest that was recently completed.  These wines were grapes only six weeks ago.  They are light…

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Nouveau Release 2013

The Third Thursday marks the arrival of Nouveau!  I may be one of the few holdouts but I really look forward to the Nouveau release.  I believe that from a wine snob perspective it’s a great litmus test to the quality of the harvest from the year.  Let’s face it Nouveau will never be compared to a well made Pinot or Chardonnay from anywhere in the world, but it’s a lot of fun to drink….

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2012 Nouveau Day – November 15

I still get excited about the third Thursday in November.  Even after getting deeper and deeper into more “serious” wines there is something about Nouveau that I find exciting.  If you’re not familiar with the first wines of the harvest I won’t mince words, Nouveau is basically the Coca-Cola of the wine world… I don’t mean that it’s sweet, but it’s not by any definition of the word classy.  It’s made quickly and doesn’t age. …

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Nouveau Day has Arrived!!! (2011)

Sorry I’m a day late with this …  but HERE is where you can purchase your Kerner Nouveau from Reif http://www.reifwinery.com/wines/Kerner_Nouveau  Something I would highly recommend. This week it’s time to take a departure from my usual picks of great Ontario wines.  The third Thursday in November the wineries release the first vintage of the year.  A lighter fruitier Red that drinks a little easy, is a little sweet (and may leave you with a…

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