It's a tradition ... every year, to celebrate the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau, parties are thrown in France, the USA, and throughout the world!
12:01 AM and at Seattle Cellars in Belltown they're proclaiming "Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé !" However you pronounce it en Francais - tranlation "the new Beaujolais has arrived!"
People are on hand for the first Beaujolais wine tasting of 2005! As has been the tradition at Seattle Cellars, Pajamas are acceptable attire. Is this how they do it in France? Non!
But its funny to see Dave and his staff in their PJ's.
Nice to see they had 6 Beaujolais on hand for tasting starting with a George Duboeuf. Another great thing about the wine is the prices are reasonable from $8.99 - $12.00.
And if you missed the midnight tasting join them for another Beaujolais Nouveau tasting at the regular Thursday tasting from 5-7 PM at Seattle Cellars - 2nd/Wall Belltown.
Little history on the tradition - which I first discovered in New Orleans.
Beaujolais is made from the Gamay grape and was harvested the 1st week of September.
Beaujolais is sold every year beginning the third Thursday in November. Not always as popular as it is now Beaujolais itself comes from the Beaujolais region of southern Burgundy (that's in France - not New Orleans where they say Bur Gun Dee).
Recently, Beaujolais has come into fashion, and the hype is you want to be one of the 1st people from all over the world to taste it.
You can credit the hype and endless self promotion to one Georges Duboeuf. You'll instantly recognize his Beaujolais Nouveau from its colorful artwork on the label.
Why all the hype - Beaujolais Nouveau is an easy to drink fruity wine. (Can you say Kool-Aid or grape juice?) Serve slightly chilled and its as close to white wine as a red wine can get.
Drink it now and enjoy - also a great wine to share on Thanksgiving!