It almost seems contrary to blog on this blog about a red wine that ferments but a few weeks and then is rolled out to the public on the third Thursday of November. That said, this long standing tradition (not popularized outside of France until World War II) is a rather wonderful exception to the rule of this determinedly deliberate blog. The idea is to provide a light, fruity wine to be shared not long after the harvest is complete. It is a celebratory piece of work and to this end we gladly share in the celebration.
We picked up a bottle of Georges DeBoeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2010 today and paired it with a tortilla soup made with turkey stock (see: yesterday's long winded blog about stock) and leftover turkey. The soup was rich and perfectly spiced and the Beaujolais was a good match, as its bright flavors cooled the heat of the soup and worked as a nice complement to the fresh flavors of the onion, peppers, and avocado.
While the Beaujolais is almost airy compared to the robust reds that we regularly drink (Cabs, Malbec, Shiraz) this is not a Muzak wine (white zinfandel, I hear your Mom calling), it demands a little bit of reflection - not much mind you, this is a terrific wine to introduce to those who say that they don't drink wine, especially red wine - and certainly rewards said reflection.
It also seems more than fitting to drink a Beaujolais Nouveau on the eve of Advent, the beginning of the new church year.