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Beaujolais – Or – Berry Nouveau

November 18, 2009

Every third Thursday in November a French wine promotion phenomenon happens – the release of the year’s Beaujolais Nouveau.  This early release of wine from the Beaujolais region in France heralds in the flavors of the wine to follow.  This light, fruity red is made quickly, leaving the wine free of the astringent tannins usually found in reds.  The fruit and palatability preview the taste that will come from the more mature wines in the region.

This wine does not pretend to be something it is not and people all over the world will be celebrating it for what it is, beginning at 12:01 AM on November 20.  It doesn’t have papers for the pedigree and it doesn’t need a cute introduction.  It just needs to show up on the shelves and we all buy it because it is always good.

Florida has a very similar wine to the yearly Beaujolais Nouveau – Blueberry wine.  The blueberry lends itself well to wine making and here in Florida we have some good ones.  Florida Blueberry wine is light and fruity, honest in its claims and always good.  We should really start our own tradition of making early blueberry wine (the first picking of the season) and have a Florida celebration of Berry Nouveau. This type of event would provide many opportunities to enjoy wine and promote our state products.

Check out the amazing similarities between Beaujolais Nouveau and Blueberry winehotdog

Beaujolais – BOE-zjoh-lay

Blueberry – BLOO-beri

All the grapes in the Beaujolais region must be picked by hand

All the blueberries in Florida are picked by hand

Only Gamay grapes coming from the appellations of Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages can be made into Beaujolais wine

Only Blueberries from Florida can be made into Florida Blueberry wine

Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be drunk young

Florida Blueberry wine is meant to be drunk young

If Beaujolais Nouveau is served slightly cool, about 55 degrees Fahrenheit, the wine is more fruit forward

If Florida Blueberry wine is served slightly cool, about 55 degrees Fahrenheit, the wine is more fruit forward

Follow the link to award-winning Blueberry, and other, Florida wines

Hint – Follow the link and find Keel & Curley Winery

http://www.florida-agriculture.com/consumers/wineries.htm

Today’s Quote:

“There are no standards of taste in wine, poetry and other personal indulgences. Each person’s own taste is the standard, and a majority vote cannot decide for that person, or in any slightest degree affect the supremacy of an individual standard.” — Mark Twain, 1895

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2009 12:39 pm

    I’ve always thought Twain a pretty wise man, myself.

  2. November 18, 2009 4:44 pm

    Quite relevant quote by Twain indeed!

    Check out my post about why I won’t be enjoying Beaujolais Nouveau tomorrow:

    http://www.cherriesandclay.com/2009/11/17/9-reasons-not-to-drink-beaujo-nouveau-this-thursday/

    Cheers,
    Jake

    • Tom permalink
      November 19, 2009 9:08 am

      Jake, Thanks for the comment. You have posted some good reasons why not to indulge. Drink something local is my fav.

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