Le Beaujolais Nouveau est pret a boire

As in ‘the Beaujolais Nouveau is ready to drink’. Tomorrow is the third Thursday in November, which marks the arrival of this year’s vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau. What is it? It’s a very light bodied red and this Friday is a fun event celebrating the arrival of this much anticipated wine.

The good folks at Seattlest informed us of this event that kicks off this Friday at the Lake Union Armory Building. Most people will know it as the big white building at the very tip of South Lake Union. The actual South Lake Union, not the newly created neighborhood. It’s on Friday from 6-10:30pm and tickets are 60 bucks. A good chance to drink some wine, have some food (it’s a buffet), and bloom into a full blown Francophile. So if you have no plans on Friday and want to sharpen your palate head on over.

We’ve covered a bit of what Beaujolais is and an event that celebrates it, but what’s the big deal? Well, on third Thursday of November, winemakers in the Beaujolais area of Burgundy celebrate their wine. It’s only been aged for about three weeks after harvest, which makes it super drinkable, soft, not too heavy in tannins, and quite fruity. It’s from the Gamay grape, and it’s a light elegant wine that can go with a ton of stuff to match. Thanksgiving is next week, it would fit right into the day’s gluttony.

The summer that I really got into wine I can distinctly recall the two bottles of wine that made me really start to love wine and appreciate it’s potential. One was a Chilean Merlot, the other was a bottle of Gamay Beaujolais. Wine always has the chance to surprise and in my case, I was. I lived in a world of beer and loved it! But wine was new and exciting! My palate didn’t know what to make of it, and even now, I still really know nothing. And now with the arrival of the 2008 Beaujolais, I have the chance to embrace the young wine drinker that first got into wine – I’m ready for surprises.