You know the week before Thanksgiving has become a thing. And if you want to call it another excuse to party, another excuse to eat, drink, and participate in merriment, I’m all for it.
Beaujolais Nouveau 2017 officially kicked off this past Thursday. To me, it’s the precursor to all that’s great about the holidays. And this is meant as the highest compliment. It could just be another marketing gimmick, or another way to make a dollar, but who really cares? Any reason to get together with the people you love, to drink some simple and affordable wines, eat a whole bunch of yummy food, and just hang out is better than any reason not to.
And if there’s more, and as long as it’s not overkill, I’m all for more genuine celebrations as long as it’s in a healthy, safe, and heartwarming manner.
This event truly warms my heart.
I was talking with a close friend over the week about getting some of our favorite people together for this truly special day. And with a few schedule adjustments we were able to do this to perfection.
Speaking of schedules, 2017 was a strange year in France for as it had one of the smallest amounts of harvesting and production in quite some time. In spite of all that, the hosts f the party and myself each brought a bottle to share and try with friends.
And they provided this spread for the ages. I mean what else needs to be said?
Well we should talk about the wine, right?
First up is the hosts’ choice, the 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau from Bouchard Aîné & Fils.
This is what makes this event so fun. It’s exactly what you would expect from a Beaujolais Nouveau, It’s light on the nose and when you sip. The grapes tastes as young as you would expect. There’s no thrills, no life changing feelings (well that all depends on the person drinking), and this isn’t likely to win any awards. But it might just win you over.
There’s some cherries, hints of other fruits (all depends on your interpretation and imagination), and a little to no tannins. It’s exactly what you would expect. It’s exactly what I expected. And sometimes that’s all you want. At the average price of $10-12, there’s no complaints. It tastes like a bottle under $10. I would say the couple extra dollars is an upcharge to join the celebration! And people to love the label.
Next, was the bottle I brought. The 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau from Joseph Drouhin, almost leans towards the medium side. This is the opposite of our first bottle, and seems a little more serious and sophisticated. It might take itself a little too seriously. The violet color is the antithesis of our first bottle. The berries, cherries, and other fruits taste a little darker and a little smokier. I believe this was the favorite of the group. There’s a little more structure to this. If you didn’t tell me this was a nouveau, I wouldn’t know the difference. This tastes more like a regular Beaujolais.
At $15 this borders on closer to bottle service or vip access to the party.
After all this analysis, none of this matters. We went back-and-forth in sipping each bottle, that any insight and commentary was rendered meaningless.
What’s most important now, this time of year, and forever, is who you choose to spend these celebratory occasions with. The small gatherings where you can discuss the wine, the food, and anything else that might be on your mind, or makes you feel good, is more important than discussing all the complexities and intricacies of these bottles, or anything.
Having a good time is of bigger importance than taking these things too seriously. And I take what I say oh so seriously. Haha.
After a while, other wine was drank, the amazing food was continually noshed on, and the conversations went from light hearted to serious, and back to light hearted. But it was all in good fun and out of love. This is what life is really all about. This applies to now, the holidays, and for the duration of our existence in this amazing thing called life.
This was incredible. I don’t know what else to say. I’m grateful to be welcomed into a friend’s house where things are happy, beautiful, holiday like, and represents all the other good that’s in the world. This is what makes this life so grande. It’s the intimate gatherings with close friends and family that help us as grow as people, and as souls.
This warmed my soul.
These bottles are easy to find, and I would suggest drinking them before the year is over. It’s not meant to wait. These grapes average six to eight weeks old, so the time is now. Here’s a list of other suggested Beaujolais Nouveau bottles to try.
Here are my posts on this beautiful occasion.
My blog is now three years old, and I’m honored to have this as my third anniversary post. I wasn’t aware of this detail until this morning. I felt an additional post for the week was essential to commemorate. I don’t believe in coincidences, I believe in the awesome.
I think this is going to be a great holiday season.
Peace be with you.