Beaujolais Nouveau... does anyone else follow this?
For those not in-the-know, Beaujolais Nouveau is like the most exciting annual event in the world of wine. It is the first wine produced from 2008 grapes. This stuff was hanging from the vines literally just a few months ago. The gimmick is this: every year a few vineyards in France rush to put out an expedited release of 2008 wine. This is unique because wine typically takes a few years to age, build character, improve, mellow, yadda yadda. Not so with Nouveau. The idea is to get this stuff on the market ASAP so that people and experts can have an early taste and try to predict what kind of year it will be for wines in general. It is released annually on the third Thursday in November. The most common vinter in the US is Georges Duboeuf. Go to any decent wine store and it'll be the stuff in the flamboyant orange bottles/cases right inside the door. Go try it! It's like $8-12.
Beaujolais is a fruity red, very enjoyable and friendly to even those who typically don't like reds. Low tannins. Nouveau, due to its lack of aging, is always kinda raw and simple, but easy-drinking and very upfront, easy for novices to analyze and enjoy.
Go try it!
Has anyone else had a sip of the 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau yet?