22 November – Beaujolais Nouveau Day
Beaujolais Nouveau is a special variety of wine produced from the delicious jewel-like Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais area of France. Such is the popularity of this vintage, that there is something of a competition to get the first bottles released for sale, and they’re always released on the Third Thursday in November. Part of what makes this wine unusual is that under the strict regulations on wine to be found in France, it is able to be sold in the same year in which it was harvested. Such wines are called vin de primeur, and tend towards grapes like the Gamay, capable of short fermentation while giving a rich fruity flavor sweetened by residual sugar.
Now this is the simplest celebration of all of course! You simply go out and get yourself a bottle of the newest run of Beaujolais Nouveau and share it with friends! Beaujolais Nouveau Day can be your opportunity to open your palette to a whole new world of wines and culture. So drink up, friends!