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Winermaker’s Roundtable: Five Facts About…Beaujolais Nouveau, + Baily Winery To Release 2011 Cabernet Nouveau

November 11th, 2011

November 17th marks the third Thursday in November, which is Beaujolais Nouveau Day all around the world. Here’s five facts you may or may have not known about this young wine:

  1. Beaujolais is a red wine made from Gamay grapes- the only grape permitted for this wine- in the Beaujolais region, south of Burgundy, in France.
  2. Beaujolais Nouveau is the new vintage, usually fermented for just six weeks before shipping.
  3. It is generally recommended that Beaujolais Nouveau be drunk no later than the following May after its release, although certain vintages that are considered to be excellent (2009, for example) can be saved much longer.
  4. It is mandated that all of the grapes in the Beaujolais region be picked by hand.
  5. This wine is always released on the third Thursday in November no matter how short the harvest.

Speaking of “nouveau,” Baily Vineyard & Winery celebrates 25 years of producing wine with the release of its 2011 Cabernet Nouveau on the weekend of November 18,19 and 20. The wine will be raced from the bottling line to the Baily Tasting Room at La Serena Way and Rancho California and then on to Front Street Bar & Grill in Old Town Temecula where it will first be introduced to the public.

The wine was made using the carbonic maceration process in which whole bunches of grapes gently placed in the fermenters without crushing. The result is a highly aromatic lighter style red that is meant to be consumed in the first few months after bottling. This method is commonly used in the Beaujolais area of France where the first wines of each year are traditionally raced to Paris each November and released to much fanfare and revelry.

Like Beaujolais Nouveau, Baily’s Cabernet Nouveau is well suited for your Thanksgiving meal, so don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate this brand new wine and stock up for the holidays.

 

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