17 November 2006

Les vins nouveaux sont arrivés !

The third Thursday in November is the day the Beaujolais Nouveau (or Primeur) wines are released. You can probably already find Beaujolais Nouveau in most wine stores and even many supermarkets in the U.S. today.

Click the picture to enlarge it so you can read the labels.

Here in France, other wines and regions have been getting into the act as well. The best known "new" wine after Beaujolais is probably Touraine Nouveau. Touraine is our region, and the primary red wine grape grown here is Gamay, just as it is in Beaujolais. So it makes sense.

Gamay from the Beaujolais region

Today at the big SuperU market in Contres, the new wines had a place of honor in the front of the store. And there we saw not only Beaujolais Nouveau and Touraine Primeur, but Côtes du Rhone Primeur and — surprisingly, because it's a white wine — Muscadet Nouveau.

Gamay from the Touraine region

We bought a selection of these young wines to try over the coming weekend. It doesn't take much to convince us to buy a new wine!

6 comments:

  1. Sietske in Beirut17 November, 2006 19:23

    wlcI'm glad you guys are back in France. Missed your French reports.

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  2. Et bah, les Gars, gare à votre foie, lol !!!

    Moi aussi, je suis contente de vous revoir en ligne sur vos blogs ! Bises. Marie

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  3. Chacun pour (son) foie, et Dieu pour tous, non ?

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  4. Oui, oui, mais les docteurs ne parlent pas ainsi :-) !!! Bises. Marie

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  5. Good for drinking and good for stories...

The list of (mostly expatriate) blogs reporting celebrations of the new wine is growing!

Santé!

Meilleurs vœux!

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  6. Sorry that those strange characters appeared on the last post...I'll try again.

    Santé!

    Meilleurs vœux!

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