Beaujolais Nouveau Day: 17 November
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.