Please Sign In

Please enter a valid username and password
  • Log in with Facebook
» Not a member? Take a moment to register
» Forgot Username or Password

Why Register?
Signing up could earn you gear (click here to learn how)! It also keeps offensive content off our site.

Why You Should Drink Beaujolais This Thanksgiving

Recent Comments

Categories

Recent Posts

Archives

Syndicate

Google Reader or Homepage
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My AOL

The Wild Chef
in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get our new post everyday.

November 20, 2013

Why You Should Drink Beaujolais This Thanksgiving

By David Draper


CC image from Flickr

When it comes to wine, those of the Beaujolais family (not to be confused with F&S Gun Nut Phil Bourjaily’s family) have become synonymous with Thanksgiving, so much so it’s kind of cliché. While I generally don’t tend to run with the in-crowd, this is the one time of year I pile on the Beaujolais bandwagon, and here’s why.

1. I’m cheap. Beaujolais are generally cheap as well, especially those of the Nouveau appellation. A bottle of George Duboeuf shouldn’t set you back more than $10-14. Same goes for my favorite, a Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages. Expect to spend about $20 or more for anything of the Cru designation.

2. It’s accessible, even for wine newbies. By its nature, Beaujolais-Nouveau is a young wine, typically just 6-8 weeks old when it’s introduced just before Thanksgiving. That youthful age keeps things simple, with a clean texture and bright flavor that’s not too bold or too sweet.

3. Beaujolais is versatile. Because the easy-drinking red is so simple, its flavor doesn’t compete with your Thanksgiving dinner. Beaujolas-Nouveau pairs with white or dark turkey meat, or if your dinner plans call for pork, venison or even wild goose, it matches just as well. Same goes for the wide variety of side dishes that end up on the Thanksgiving table.

4. It’s okay to drink Beaujolais cool (but never cold). Many new or inexperienced wine drinkers often shun red wine because they’ve been taught it’s supposed to be served at room temperature. Beaujolais on the other hand benefits from 10-15 minutes in the refrigerator, just so it’s cool to the tongue, but not chilled.

5. Did I mention it’s inexpensive? In fact, I usually just buy a couple of bottle before turkey day, then stock up a week or two later when liquor stores often blow-out Beaujolais at great prices. My best steal yet was a case of George Deboeuf for less than $80. And yes, by accepted Beaujolais-Nouveau tradition, I drink it all before New Year’s Day.

Comments (4)

Top Rated
All Comments
from Dcast wrote 21 weeks 2 days ago

I'll stick with Maker's Mark and Bulliet. The only wine I have ever tried that I liked was Rodeo Red made by The Winery of Versailles. I'm also told that it is the beer drinkers wine. Oddly enough I don't drink beer any more. I firmly believe whiskey and bourbon goes with any and all meals.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from ITHACASXS wrote 21 weeks 1 day ago

I have loved wine (good wine) since I was a young boy. I must pick up a few bottles of Beaujolais.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jmrcexplorer wrote 21 weeks 18 hours ago

Just picked up some Nouveau tonight. The Louis Jadot is a great pick. My personal favorite is Rioja. Spanish wines are an excellent value, You can usually find bottles at Costco for under 10 dollars.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dangle wrote 21 weeks 8 hours ago

With the price of shells going up I drink Yukon Jack chased down with a Keystone Light.

0 Good Comment? | | Report

Post a Comment

from Dcast wrote 21 weeks 2 days ago

I'll stick with Maker's Mark and Bulliet. The only wine I have ever tried that I liked was Rodeo Red made by The Winery of Versailles. I'm also told that it is the beer drinkers wine. Oddly enough I don't drink beer any more. I firmly believe whiskey and bourbon goes with any and all meals.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from ITHACASXS wrote 21 weeks 1 day ago

I have loved wine (good wine) since I was a young boy. I must pick up a few bottles of Beaujolais.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jmrcexplorer wrote 21 weeks 18 hours ago

Just picked up some Nouveau tonight. The Louis Jadot is a great pick. My personal favorite is Rioja. Spanish wines are an excellent value, You can usually find bottles at Costco for under 10 dollars.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dangle wrote 21 weeks 8 hours ago

With the price of shells going up I drink Yukon Jack chased down with a Keystone Light.

0 Good Comment? | | Report

Post a Comment