Scott Huntington

Scott Huntington

I do love it when another person asks to post about wine, especially someone who has worked in the wine business and a winery.  Let me introduce you to Scott Huntington.

Beaujolais Nouveau: A New Trend in Wine for Over 60 Years

Beaujolais Nouveau, findingourwaynow.com
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The resounding “pop!” of a cork is a celebratory note of tried and true importance to those whose lives are devoted to the idea that a glass should never be empty. But for each wine drinker there is a certain set of internal rules and regulations about what makes a wine “acceptable.” For some, it only needs to have an alcohol percentage above a standard wine cooler’s five percent. For others, it needs to embody the richness of the French oak barrel with an overwhelming sense of sultry plums and aging tannins. But for a select few, it needs to exist as young and fresh, with as little time between the vine and the table as possible.

This last one is of peculiar interest, as there is one type of wine in particular which can claim the rights to satisfy the desire for a young, fresh and new wine. It’s called the Beaujolais Nouveau, and it has been the latest trend in wine for the last several decades.

What is a Beaujolais Nouveau?

To cut the processing time down, the grapes are fermented whole-cluster. Winemakers skip the de-stemming process and hold off on pressing until fermentation is completed. Once the grapes have gone through a thorough fermentation, the berries will begin to explode at the point where the stem, or pedicel, hits the berry. After that happens, grapes are ready for the press.The whole idea behind the Beaujolais Nouveau is to produce the wine skillfully but quickly. As it was originally made to celebrate the end of the harvest season, it was to be completed and released as thanks for the bounty of the harvest. In the 1980s, French law required that the wine be released on the third [thirsty] Thursday of November, which falls right around the American Thanksgiving. The resulting wine tastes excellent with turkey. The Smithsonian has more to say about the history surrounding this unique wine.

The Grape

The acceptable grape for the Beaujolais Nouveau wine is called the Gamay or Gamay Noir. Its dark skin yields fairly low amounts of tannin, resulting in a wine that is garden-fresh, akin to something grown strictly through organic farming. The wine it produces is often known by its innate berry-like qualities, which connote fresh strawberries and raspberries. Gamay is grown in many regions around the world, but is most popularly known for its presence in the Beaujolais region in France. Wine-Searcher.com is a great resource for more information on the Gamay grape.

Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, findingourwaynow.comGeorges DuBoeuf is known well throughout the wine-producing world. His interest in the Beaujolais Nouveau has resulted in the production of many vintages of the refreshing wine. Characteristically light and fruity, his vintages are best served chilled, rather than room temperature, to enhance the brightness of the wine. His vintages are, in fact, perfect for a variety of reasons. For those who prefer to not spend hundreds on a bottled drink, a single bottle of Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is rarely above $15.00. The low price means that even wine’s toughest critics can consume a bottle without feeling bad about shelling out the cash for it.

Out of the many Nouveau style wines I’ve tried, anything from DuBoeuf is always the best. You can easily spot it on the shelf due to its brightly colored label. Traditionally, Nouveau labels have incredibly vibrant labels, similar to a Pablo Picasso painting. Just from looking at it you can tell that it’s not going to be a bold, oaky red, but rather a nice refreshing wine to enjoy just to enjoy. Pick up a bottle or two at your local liquor store and let us know what you think!

That was great, don’t you think?  I so love a good Beaujolais.  I do know from personal experience that this is definitely one to put on your list.

When time permits take a moment to find and follow Scott at @SMHuntington.

Time for a glass…

If you enjoyed reading about Beaujolais Nouveau, check out Robert Mondavi Winery Wine TrioDelicato Merlot and 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon.



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Scott is a contributing writer for Finding Our Way Now LLC and a wine enthusiast. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and young son. He writes about a wide variety of things he finds interesting that surrounds the wine world.

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  • Catarina Alexon

    Beaujolais Noveau used to be a big thing in Sweden in the 80s. Have never come across the phenomena anywhere else in the world. Interesting to see that it’s not forgotten.

    • Scottmhuntington

      That’s interesting, Catarina, I never knew it was so popular in Sweden. It seems like it’s becoming more popular now in other countries. I think as the market changes there are a lot of younger wine drinkers that are looking for something “fun” and different.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      That is interesting Catarina, I think it’s a good thing that it’s not a forgotten wine. It really is quite good. :-)

  • Jacqueline Gum

    Beaujolais Noveau was a “thing” when I was visiting Napa a few years back. As of late, I haven’t heard much about it, but this renews my interest. Thanks for the tip on Georges DuBoeuf. I will look for it.

    • Scottmhuntington

      Hi Jacqueline! It seems like it’s making a bit of a comeback. As a graphic designer I really enjoyed working on labels for them… not usually my style to have bright flashy colors but nice to have a chance of pace.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Jacqueline, Like all things things come and go and come back again. Regardless, this is a wine worth seeking out. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    It’s interesting that this wine is best served chilled rather than at room temperature. Great label! I love learning about how different wines are produced and why. :)

    • Scottmhuntington

      The winery I worked at served a lot of light reds chilled… and people were surprised at how much they liked them! The great thing about wine is that you can experiment with so many different factors and find something great.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, I LOVE there labels. Because it’s such a light wine chilled is only way to go. :-)

  • http://chocolatour.net/ Doreen Pendgracs

    Beaujolais Nouveau is not traditionally a wine that I care for as it is so light. But there are occasions where it works with what is being served. Thx for sharing and getting us thinking about it. Happy Holidays!

    • Scottmhuntington

      Agreed, every once in awhile there’s a perfect spot for it!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      I agree Doreen. Not all wines suit every palate. However this is a wine that has it’s place in some setting. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    I like Beaujolais simply because it’s fun to say! It’s a bit light for me as well, but I always buy at least one bottle a year since it gets so much hype in early November. What a great example of marketing ;)

    • Scottmhuntington

      Agreed it’s not the wine I typically go for (my favorite is Blafrankish) but it’s nice to change it up once in awhile and this has such an interesting story behind it. And yes, great marketing!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      They really do market it well that’s for sure Jeri. I too find it a bit light but works very well for a group after dinner. :-)

  • http://www.akandrew.com/ A.K.Andrew

    I love nouveau Beaujolais – my local French cafe in San Francisco always had a big celebration of it in November. But why just stick to then. really enjoyed the post- especially now I’m living in the Sonoma wine country now-yeah!

    • Scottmhuntington

      I’d love to actually attend the large celebrations of it in France, that would be so amazing. Also must be amazing to live in Sonoma wine country!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      I agree AK, Why not enjoy anytime. We must meet-up sometime now that you’re in Sonoma. :-)))

  • http://www.TheReporterandTheGirl.com/ TheGirl

    So is Beaujolais Nouveau a type of wine like pinot grigio, or merlot? So its only a red wine?

    • Scottmhuntington

      It’s much lighter than pinot grigio and merlot. It’s usually red or rose.

      • http://www.TheReporterandTheGirl.com/ TheGirl

        Thanks for clarifying. I don’t think we’ll do turkey again for Xmas. But maybe a roasted chicken? Would this wine go with it? (PLus my family like fruity/sweet wines like moscato)

        • Scottmhuntington

          It might, but it also would be good as an after-dinner type of wine. If your family likes fruity/sweet wines then they’ll probably enjoy this. It’s not overly sweet but not dry either.

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Hi, I agree with Scott. It is a great wine after dinner just be enjoyed by itself. :-)

      • http://www.TheReporterandTheGirl.com/ TheGirl

        Any suggestions what will go with the roasted chicken on Christmas dinner?

        • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

          I would look for a good Pinot Grigio and maybe even and nice Pinot Noir. The beauty of these choices is they can go with anything. :-)

          • http://www.TheReporterandTheGirl.com/ TheGirl

            Thanks!

          • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

            :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    With as little wine as I drink, this is actually one of my favorites.

    I have been to a tasting held by a master somm for these. The amount of info to be gained in a situation like that is hige,

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      It really is Jon, I do love a good Beaujolais when it released, don’t you?

    • Scottmhuntington

      Glad you enjoy it, Jon!

  • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

    Scott, Thank you for this awesome post. I really enjoyed what you shared and look forward to more. :-)

    • Scottmhuntington

      Glad you enjoyed it, Susan! Looking forward to writing another soon.

  • Debra Yearwood

    We always have a bit of a debate in my family over Beaujolais Nouveau. Some of us love it and some of us would rather not have it. Perhaps when and how we try it influences our attitude. I’ll have to put it to the test again and luckily, we have George Duboeuf’s Beaujolais Nouveau here in Ontario. :)

    • Scottmhuntington

      It’s not for everyone, but it does have its place from time to time!

    • http://findingourwaynow.com/ Susan P. Cooper

      Beaujolais is not for everyone but it does have it’s place in different setting or at the table with different food pairing. I do enjoy it after a meal because it’s lighter then most reds. Let me know what comes of your experiment. :-)