As a kid, and now as an adult, I’ve always looked forward to Thanksgiving. The fourth Thursday is one many of us mark on the calendar as a day of eating, celebrating with people you care about, drinking, eating, and more eating.
But in what has now become a preview of things to come, the third Thursday, Beaujolais Nouveau Day, has almost become the launching pad of the holiday season, at least here in the states. And of course for others, the holidays started right after Halloween, if not before. Nevertheless, I’m happy to have found two unique bottles versus last year, and thankfully two gatherings to bring them to.
I love Friendsgiving, or Friends Thanksgiving. I love how we all embrace each other a little more during this time of year. There’s a natural energy and progression that hits us for a couple of months. It’s the height of love. I want to believe it permeates throughout the year. Some would say it would talk away some of the shine and uniqueness of this time of year. I would venture to say that being good to each other should be exclusive to the entire year. And it can be. With that being said…
The 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau from Bouchard Aîné & Fils was my favorite of this season thus far. This was brought to a Friendsgiving this past Sunday. So yes, I cheated. I broke the tradition of only having this on that faithful Third Thursday, but good wine is meant to be drank. And it was still at the store, so it was meant to be bought, meant to be savored, and meant to be appreciated, all year round. Ok that was a bit dramatic.
But this wine had a sweetness about it. I should have figured out that besides blackberry and cherry, which is synonymous with these wines, was some white peach. This made the wine alone. The synopsis which is listed also mentions flavors or smoke. You would think smoke would undermine the sweet and fruity principles that these wines bring forth. This was not the case.
I loved it and was happy that my friends enjoyed it too. The bottle barely made it through dinner. You know when you bring a bottle and no one drinks it, feelings may be hurt. It’s happened to the best of us. So I’m happy other people enjoyed it and are now fans. I’m a huge fan.
I was a huge fan of the feast. Everyone made or brought some awesome foods. Pictures are all over this writing, and I don’t need to explain everything on my plate. Hopefully the pictures do them justice. But everything was wonderful. The hosts are great people who I consider close friends, it was nice to reconnect with friends I don’t always see, and I’m happy to have met some new ones. This is the point of the holidays, and the point of this thing of course called life.
Can you spot the green eggs and ham? Haha.
So that was dinner. And after dinner comes sweet tooth time.
Bottle #2 is the Beaujolais Noveau from Joseph Drouhin tasted a bit more standard and more of the wines that are in line with this event. That’s not to say it was bad. The dark fruits, blackberries, and cherries made this wine a little more fuller than I expected. I didn’t love it at first, but it was a grower. A few of sips were better than others. And that could entirely be based on the pastries that were paired with. The sweetness may shown itself when it otherwise wouldn’t.
This was a smaller gathering with good friends. I feel like such a grown up going to another party for dessert and vino.
These wines are meant to be paired with heavy meats and cheeses. But there are never any rules to this thing. Well there might be one. These wines are meant to be drank now. I have bottles from a couple of years ago that are probably lost causes. They were meant to be brought to various holiday parties and events. I won’t make that same mistake by letting them collect dust.
We got a long season and that means these youthful wines are meant to be had immediately. And most go for under $15. And some under $10. Those are my kind of price points.
The holidays are about getting carried away, indulging yourself like there’s no tomorrow (or until the next party), and spending time with the people you care about the most.
As an aside, I did taste the Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, and it left so much to be desired. It’s the weakest I can recall in sometime. I would say it lacked the fire and enthusiasm of previous years.
So you might be asking where you can find these bottles? The respective websites are not the best of help in that regard. All I know is that in Baltimore, you can find them at the fine folks of Canton Crossing Wine & Spirits. I’ve always had a great experience there. Online sites may list this at various prices. If I can track down where else they can be found, I will update this list.
Happy Third Thursday to you and Happy Thanksgiving Eve! And if you read this after that, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Holidays, and Happy Wine Drinking!
I Love Beaujolais Nouveau!
Best to you and yours,