Today is Beaujolais Nouveau Day. That third Thursday of November when the Beaujolais appellation in France rambles forth with all that newly bottled Gamay. The rest of the world follows suit - namely Ontario since we do the grape a good justice here with our compatible climate. But where's all the hoopla, I ask? My inbox is not rife with suggestions for the day's wine shopping. The Vintages magazine chose to start flogging that uber expensive Christmas stuff, early, rather than take note of BN day. The displays in liquor stores are tucked away at the back. Are we getting tired of Beaujolais Nouveau? It does come along every year, predictably, at this time. Maybe we are over it. There's no surprise; there's no intrigue. We know what to expect: something food friendly and not above chilling if that's your game, simple, light and fruity with lots of red berry and cherry flavours.
Well I'm not over it! I stopped on the way home to pick up this bottle of Ontario stuff, thanks to Billy's Best Bottles. And I now feel that I'm in good company after reading this post by Travis at Pull the cork.
Château des Charmes was founded in 1978 making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Niagara region and they've been working with Gamay grapes for so long they've produced a unique, indigenous vinifera: Gamay Droit. So, if you are going to buy a bottle of Gamay, this bottle of their Nouveau is a good place to start.
Now go forth and drink; make some hoopla!