Beaujolais

The wine of harvest and Fall

 
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What you need to know!

Beaujolais, made from the Gamay grape, is a lighter bodied wine similar to Pinot Noir. Unlike Pinot Noir, Beaujolais is often more casual in its nature. It is not fancy at all, though still well dressed as if wearing dark jeans with boots, a button downed shirt, and a field jacket. The soft tannins make for an approachable wine that is easy to drink, sometimes dry, sometimes fruity, and sometimes a little tart.

Food pairings

Beaujolais is a fantastic dinner wine. Its light body, and even tannic structure make it capable of pairing with dark meats like beef, and lamb as easy as it is to pair with poultry like turkey or chicken. 

Scouting tips

Beaujolais can be confusing, with all sorts of wines with the same labels coming in at different prices. It is not too obvious, but this denotes the quality level of the wine. Beaujolais Crus for example is considered higher quality and will cost you somewhere around $20. Beaujolais Villages is just as delicious, and can be a steal at around $15 or even less.

Occasion Pairings

When the days begin to cool, the leaves turn shades of red, yellow, and brown, then it is the perfect time to bring out the Beaujolais. Beaujolais should be your go to wine for any fall occasion.

Anything else?

Best served slightly chilled, meaning you should drop it in the fridge for 20 minutes before tucking in. 

Beaujolais Nouveau may be the biggest marketing trick in the wine world, its a wine sold just six weeks after harvest. Its pretty awful, you are better off staying away.