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Nov 15, 2012 09:05 AM

November 15, not a wine snob

Not a wine snob nor do I care for wines from the Gamay grape so perhaps that is why I can enjoy Beaujolais Nouveau.

Does anyone else get down with the parties which are available nationwide?

It's light, it's fruity, yes, it is somewhat 'candied' in profile but it is gulpable.

There are "Nouveau est ici" in about every city. I don't have some every year, it's in fact been a few years, but I do think about trying some every year.

A French restaurant in Philly is offering a three course meal and a bottle of nouveau for $45, which really doesn't seem unreasonable to me. Maybe a dozen other venues in town are also hosting events.

Anybody going to stain their shirtfronts purple? (or magenta?)

Ready to pay the air freight cost to have it today? ('Tho in recent years, I have noticed many places never reduce their price for the slower arriving wines).

Are you ready to laugh too loud and give a friend a wet kiss? Offer Chez moi ou chez vous? (Thanks Kronenbourg beer) Or is it, as I just read in a comment about the scathing review of Guy Fieri's restaurant 'just for tourists withiout initiative'.?

(A repeat on the Gamay: I have had wine professionals I know state that they have mistaken Beaujolais for Burgundian Pinot Noir, but for me I have never confused the two grapes. maybe it is a hard-wiring thing just as cilantro tastes exceedingly soapy to me and about 1% of the rest of the population, but to me the unmistakeable gamay is a Gamay is a Gamay)

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  1. I find some of the heavier Moulin a Vent can be a bit like Bourgogne myself.

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    1. re: AlexCV

      I just want to note that although I do not care for the gamay hope springs eternal and I have tried a very wide range of Beaujolais styles and continue to try a bottle or two every year.

      Next up will be the 2010 Domaine Robert Fleurie Cuvee Tradition, but the question presented by this post is how do you feel about nouveau? Had it? Once, twice, never? Will drink it again, won't be in the same room as it? Tolerated it, liked it, spat it out?

      This is November 15 and a part of the 2012 northern hemisphere grape harvest is in the bottle, on the shelves and pouring into and out of goblets. It's the wine of the moment.

    2. Oh and that 3 course is a four-course: Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée (French onion soup), Blanquette de Veau (veal stew), Assiette de Fromage (cheese course) and Tarte au Noix (walnut tart).

      1. It's a fun tradition. I don't take part in the festivities, and it's usually not great wine, but I do buy one every year.

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        1. re: redips

          "'s usually not a great wine" [but] "It's a fun tradition" Seems like you have hit the nail on the head.

          The idea behind the all the hype and folderol is not just to sell wine (the consumers aren't selling) but to drink some wine and have fun.. Can you see sellers or owners of Screaming Eagle or other 'subscription' wines saying, "Hey, let's crack open a couple of cases and have a party!"?

          Thing is, I have and still do drink a lot of wine that cannot be classified as "great wine". For many, indeed I think most wine drinkers, "great wines" come occasionally, surrounded by (hopefully) mostly good wines with the not infrequent decent wines filling in spaces.

        2. I must be dense.... is there a question here?

          Beaujolais Nouveau is a fun wine to party with (especially in France this time of year). I am not being snarkey...I really don't understand this post. Are you looking for rec's?

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          1. re: sedimental

            The question is essentially if anyone was going to "party" with Nouveau this year.

            "Beaujolais Nouveau is a fun wine to party with (especially in France this time of year)"

            This is why I asked the question. And not just in France. As I note, there are release parties, where people meet other people have a lot of fun and drink some cheap wine (that regardless of what some have posted does decidely not taste of vinegar) and laugh and sing and dance and shout. those buffoons....oops, I mean us buffoons.

            Most responses miss the point.

            If one feels one has to discuss the technical faults with these sub-$10 wines or describe the problems with the fermentation methods, well hell, nobody wants you at the parties anyway.

            it's like going to a birthday party and criticising the cake because it's mostly sugar and there's artificial coloring in the icing instead of taking a bite and wishing many happy returns to the celebrated.

            1. re: FrankJBN

              I was confused about your question. I thought that might be what you were asking, but then maybe it should have been posted on your local board or general topics board as I never see "party" questions on the wine board that are not looking for rec's or some type of discussion about the "technical's" of the wine. Not that there is anything wrong with that, just not typically done on this board.

              See my Micky Mouse post below, I agree that it is a bit silly to pontificate about a BN. That is why I didn't answer -but asked you a question instead. Thanks for clarifying.

              There was only one party this year that looked interesting in my area and it was an hour away (Seattle). Celebrating BN is not popular where I live. I also don't see it advertised big as a Thanksgiving wine either. Really, it is a non issue here.

              The last BN party I attended was in Paris 6 years ago. It was really crazy, really crowded and full of college kids...lots of dancing. Really fun. Nothing like that anywhere around me now.

              1. re: FrankJBN

                "Most responses miss the point...If one feels one has to discuss the technical faults with these sub-$10 wines or describe the problems with the fermentation methods, well hell, nobody wants you at the parties anyway."

                My sense is that you thought your OP was clearer than it was. Chowhounds posted whether or not they were interested in BN or not, and **why.** All the responses were germane.

                If the wine tastes sour or hints of vinegar to the drinker, as BN often does (not always, to be sure), that's a reason someone won't be partying with BN.

                As to why it tastes like vinegar (when it's supposed to a light, fun "fruit punch" type of wine), that's germane to understanding why one may like some BNs and not like others. Which, in turn, affects one's BN partying decision and if they've got a good shot at drinking a BN made correctly.

                Also germane, one's location -- the source of the BN and its nearness. In France -- even though there is less hoopla these days than when I lived there 25-30 years ago -- it's easier to find a party and be part of the "national" occasion. Also, one has a better shot at a fresher, less expensive BN to toss back. All factors.

                1. re: FrankJBN

                  What, exactly did you want for an answer?

                  It seems that you had an answer in mind, and it was not met, but maybe I am missing something.

                  Good luck,


              2. I've quaffed a few glasses of Beaujolais Nouveau in my time and, frankly, if it wasn't an excuse for a party I wouldn't bother. We are talking about overpriced wine that really does not taste all that good.