Do you know what today is?
Thursday? Yes, but what else?
It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!
I have been looking forward to today for quite some time. And WHY you might ask? Because Beaujolais Nouveau is a taste of the last bit of summer that just slipped below the horizon. This year’s wine is particularly special because the grape yield in the Beaujolais region was low. Let’s face it, 2012 was a difficult year all around – even if you aren’t a grape…or a vintner.
I opened my bottle with great anticipation – perhaps, in part, because of the fanfare of the day – the ritual – the idea that this is the wine that officially heralds the 2012 vintage to the world . I poured my taste and stared into the purply-red color of this wine, jewel-like and beautiful. The aromas were very nice, filled with red fruit and plum, and a hint of spiced peach. The flavors matched the aromas very well, and the youthful tannins, although pronounced, danced well with the light acidity. This wine went amazingly well with my dinner of seared pork medallions and apple-cranberry compote. I know that I will enjoy this wine throughout the holiday season, with friends and family. And when my stash is exhausted, I can look forward to what next year’s vintage will bring.