Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau Day: 17 Novem­ber

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The third Thurs­day in Novem­ber is Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau Day. At one minute past mid­night on Thurs­day 17 Novem­ber the ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated 2016 vin­tage of Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau is re­leased and cel­e­bra­tions can be­gin, the big­gest be­ing held in the vil­lage of Beau­jeu in the heart of the Beau­jo­lais re­gion.

Beau­jo­lais Nou­veau is in­tended to be drunk young and most vin­tages should be con­sumed by the fol­low­ing May after its re­lease. This light, fresh and fruity wine made from Ga­may grapes is best drunk slightly chilled.

Per­haps the most fa­mous pro­ducer is Ge­orges Duboeuf who is cred­ited for giv­ing the wine far-reach­ing pub­lic­ity. The idea of a race to get the vin­tage to Paris as soon after re­lease as pos­si­ble was con­ceived, and be­came a na­tional event by the 1970s, with coun­tries around the globe fol­low­ing suit soon after.

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