Beaujolais Nouveau Day is celebrated around the world on the third Thursday of November. This holiday is dedicated to a special kind of wine made from Gamay grapes grown in France. This wine has a distinct taste that sets it apart from hundreds of others.
Before World War II, the wine was unknown outside the region, but its bright taste and quality soon made it popular around the world. Now, Beaujolais Nouveau has become a popular drink to have on Thanksgiving in the United States. Its taste is great when paired with turkey and cranberry sauce.
There are several interesting facts about Beaujolais Nouveau:
- It is believed that the younger the wine, the better it tastes, as it only retains its properties for six months.
- The grapes are harvested by hand to give the drink its signature red color and distinct fruit and flower flavors.
- It is best served with “village food” such as fried, smoked meat or ham, but not with cheese.
- The total area of Beaujolais Nouveau vineyards is 6300 hectares, growing on granite subsoil.
- Once in England, a pub visitor paid almost $1500 for a single glass of the wine, making it into the Guinness Book of Records.
How to take part
To celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau Day, you can go to a liquor store and buy a bottle of the wine, then gather with your family to enjoy a delicious dinner. You can also learn more about the wine by watching films dedicated to it.
When is Nouveau Beaujolais Day celebrated in 2023?
Nouveau Beaujolais Day is observed on the third Thursday of November each year.