Beaujolais Nouveau Day? Do you celebrate it?
Since the 1950's the third Thursday of November is a day for wine lovers to get excited!!!! The wine snobs may disagree but we here at FCH fully support the love shown for today!! Beaujolais Nouveau!!! Yes that is right, Beaujolais Nouveau Day ( New Beaujolais)!
What is that you ask?
Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region ( just north of Lyon) from the most recent harvest ( thus Nouveau or new) are handpicked in bunches and winemakers use a special technique to hasten the maceration so that the wine is ready to drink within 6 weeks! The wine officially goes on sale at midnight on the third Wednesday of November and therefore Thursday became Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Sold around the world many people look forward to the day and celebrate this new wine.
Here in France we would normally have a “fête” with our neighbours each bringing a few bottles and celebrate into the wee hours of the morning. Slightly different this year with the current restrictions but nonetheless we at FCH will all be toasting with a bottle tonight!