They're here!

Good morning everyone,

Yesterday was a great day and today and the beginning of the weekend are looking the same with mostly sunny skies and temperatures around 20C, which is 3C or 4C above normal. Enjoy it while you can, we're expected to see some rain on Monday and then around the middle of next week the mercury is going to drop down to around 13C during the day with overnight lows around 7C. I might actually have to turn on my heater next week...

So, it's Beaujolais Nouveau season again. I'm sure I've written about this tasty, drinkable wine before, but is there such a thing as too much information about alcohol? No way!

Beaujolais Nouveau
that much-ballyhooed cherry-red colored vintage that’s best served chilled -- is clearly not for wine snobs. This fresh and fruity red is the result of a quick fermentation process that ends up with a tasty, clean wine that is enjoyed by palates the world over. 

The Gamay grapes that go into Beaujolais Nouveau are handpicked in the Beaujolais province of France. The wine actually originated about a century ago as a cheap and cheerful drink produced by locals to celebrate the end of the harvest season.

Today, there are several dozen vintners making this popular red. The Beaujolais region is 55km long from north to south and about 15km wide and home to nearly 4,000 vineyards which produce twelve officially-designated types of Beaujolais known as AOCs. They include some of the finest and priciest grand crus (big vintage) wines around, including Fleurie and Cote de Brouilly. The most common two are the Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages, the former of which account for half of the region's annual output.

Beaujolais Nouveau owes its easy drinkability to a winemaking process called carbonic maceration, also known as whole-berry fermentation. This technique preserves the fresh, fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the grape skins.

In 2010, 35 million bottles of the wine were put on the market. Some 7.5 million were sold in French supermarkets and 15.5 million were exported mainly to Japan, Germany and the United States.

Last night, I tried a taste of this year's wine and event though I'm no wine connoisseur, I have to say that it was tasty. It was one of the award-winners for this year...I think it was called 'unforgettable' and was produced by Henry Fessy. Did you try any last night? Which one do you recommend?

Have a great day!

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