Every year on the third Thursday of November, just after the strike of midnight, Beaujolais Nouveau is released and the wine-drinking world gets its first taste of the year's harvest. There are two types of Beaujolais: Beaujolais Nouveau and Cru Beaujolais. Both come from Burgundy and are made from the Gamay grape. Beaujolais Nouveau is the wine we're celebrating today.
Beaujolais Nouveau is a fun, fruity, sometimes good, sometimes not-so-good wine that is as much about pomp and circumstance as it is about the wine itself. It is an easy drinking wine and a great excuse for a Thursday night celebration.
Nearly every retailer in New York will have at least one producer of Beaujolais Nouveau in stock, the most common one being Georges Duboeuf, although there are many other smaller wineries. Beaujolais is almost always an inexpensive wine ($8 to $10/bottle) and is meant to be consumed right away.