An image of a bottle of French beaujolais villages nouveau red wine
An image of a bottle of red wine with a label identifying it as 2019 beaujolais-villages nouveau by Georges Dubouf

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!“—a proclamation that’s heard around the world on the third Thursday of November each year, announcing the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine made from Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais region, located in Burgundy, France. Under French law, this iconic wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested. Its release is celebrated with fireworks, music, and festivals all across the country.

Today, Beaujolais Nouveau is quite polarizing among wine lovers: they either love it (helping to propel the wine into cult status), or scoff at it (opting for bottles of higher-end, cru Beaujolais). So, what’s all the fuss about? Let’s dive into the history behind Beaujolais, and the debate surrounding Beaujolais Nouveau.

About the Beaujolais region and its wines

The region of Beaujolais is comprised of small, family-owned wine growers, and is a study of the Gamay grape, which touts a bright purple juice, medium body, fresh acidity, and fruit-forward flavors. While Beaujolais wines are produced in small-scale quantities, there are countless variations that range from firmer and more earth-driven flavors from the north, and softer, easier-drinking flavors from the south.

There are 12-different Beaujolais appellations, 10-of which are known as crus. These 10-crus are the region’s most celebrated wines, and each is unique thanks to its terroir (a combination of soil, vine and climate characteristics). However, folks in the United States primarily know the Beaujolais region for one thing: Beaujolais Nouveau. This affordable, light-hearted, and fruit-forward wine has gained mass-adoration from wine drinkers today. Its release also falls one week before Thanksgiving in the U.S., making it a staple of the Thanksgiving spread today.

The debate surrounding Beaujolais Nouveau

Because Beaujolais Nouveau is released shortly after harvest, its grapes have very little time to ferment and virtually no time to settle or age. This means its wines are light in body and simple in flavor—perfect for easy sipping for any wine drinker. It also costs a mere $10-$20 a bottle, making it an inexpensive bottle for mass audiences to consume and love.

On the flip side, some wine connoisseurs consider Beaujolais Nouveau pale in comparison to the nuanced, savory, age-worthy cru Beaujolais wines that have risen in popularity over the last decade. Some even consider Beaujolais Nouveau to be offensive to the region, calling it “barely wine” and blaming it for blemishing the reputation of the Beaujolais region.

Try the Beaujolais Nouveau 2019 for yourself!

There’s only one way to choose which side you’re on in the Beaujolais Nouveau debate: come try the wine for yourself! We’ll be tasting this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau in the shop on Friday, November 22nd from 1-6pm. This wine is not designed to age, and should be consumed within the first few months of its release, so come taste it at its best. Happy Beaujolais Nouveau Day—we can’t wait to celebrate with you!

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IMPORTED RED WINE

Wednesday, April 17th Wine Sale!

All Imported Red Wine is 15% off when you buy 2+ bottles. It’s a perfect time to come grab those bottles you have been eyeing. How about a little Barolo from Elio Altare or Clos des Papes, Chateauneuf-Du-Pape? Or maybe just a refreshing New Zealand Pinot Noir from Sineann to accompany you in the sunshine.  We have an amazing selection of wines from all over the world and would love to talk more about them. Come in and let’s talk wine! Cheers!

Sineann
Sauvignon Blanc 2016 
Awatere Valley, New Zealand
Grape Varietal –
Sauvignon Blanc

Owner and winemaker, Peter Rosbeck, has been making delicious and beautiful wines since 1994. Well known for sourcing fruit from only the best vineyards, Peter carefully crafts wines from vineyards throughout the Pacific Northwest, from Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In the spring, Peter travels to New Zealand to make Sauvignon Blanc (Awatere Valley) and Pinot Noir (Central Otago).

Wine Maker’s Notes

“The particular qualities of the 2016 Sineann Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that captivates are the sheer intensity of fruit on the palate, the mid-palate creaminess and the richness of the finish – along with the beautiful natural acidity.

We attribute the remarkable fruit and lengthy finish to the special care the fruit receives. This is a rare, hand-harvested New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, cluster-sorted. It makes a difference! 

The 2016 Sineann Sauvignon Blanc is one of the best we’ve made and is a great example of how special Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc can be.”

Domaine Moulin-La-Viguerie 
Tavel 2017 
Southern Rhône, France
Grape Varietals –
50% Grenache Noir, 30% Cinsault,
10% Syrah, 10% mix of Mourvedre, Bourboulenc, Clairette 

A gem from the Southern Rhône!  Tavel is a unique appellation that focuses on only making rosé wine.  The Petit-Roudil family has been producing Tavel wines since the 16th century when the monks were making the local wines. These rosés tend to be more full-bodied, with a greater intensity of flavors.  Powerful notes of dark cherries, wild strawberries, and dried herbs are enjoyed with a long dry finish.  A perfect rosé for all occasions, Tavel is easily paired with any meal. Think of it as a light red wine and try it with your next cheese and charcuterie plate or grill up your favorite fowl or seafood. Cheers!     

IMPORTED WHITE WINE

Wednesday April 10th Wine Sale!

All Imported White Wine is 15% off when you buy 2+ bottles. It’s a perfect time to come grab those bottles you have been eyeing. How about a little Premier Cru Chablis or Grand Cru Champagne? Or maybe just a refreshing Vinho Verde or Soave to accompany you in the sunshine (after the “Winter Vortex” that is).  We have an amazing selection of wines from all over the world and would love to talk more about them. Come in and let’s talk wine! Cheers!

Wednesday April 3rd Wine Sale!

All Domestic Red Wine is 15% off when you buy 2+ bottles. It’s a perfect time to come grab those bottles you have been eyeing. We have an amazing selection of wines from all over the USA and would love to talk more about them. Come in and let’s get nerdy! Cheers

Some amazing new Trve Brewing beers in today!!!

Collaborations with Other Half NYC & New Belgium

SEITAN is a collaboration done with the incredible brewers from Other Half out of NYC. This beer is a blend of hand-selected, barrel-aged mixed culture brews and spontaneously fermented stock, that is then dry-hopped with Hallertau and contains No Seitan! 16oz single cans available!

WHERE I LEAVE is a collaboration done with our local sour OGs, New Belgium. It is a blend of hand-selected mix culture ales from New Belgium & Trve foeders! Don’t miss out on these truly wonderful new brews!!!

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And our current beer list at BeerMenus

On Friday 3-15-19, we will be pouring the 2016 Joseph Cattin Pinot Blanc, from Alsace, France, as well as the  2016 Liesl Pinot Noir, from Pfalz, Germany. Our beer selection will be the Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout, from Dublin, Ireland.  We will have these open for tasting and discounted from 1pm-6pm! We look forward to seeing you at the tasting!

On Friday, 3-8-19, we will be pouring the Les Hauts de Lagarde Rose 2018, from Bordeaux, France, as well as the Portillo Malbec 2018, from Mendoza, Argentina. Our beer selection will be the Dogfish Head 120 Minute Imperial IPA, from Milton, DE.  We will have these open for tasting and discounted from 1pm-6pm! We look forward to seeing you at the tasting!

On Wednesday, 3-6-19, all Domestic Red Wine is 15%-Off when you buy any 2+ bottles of Any Domestic Red Wine in the store!
(Sale prices valid on in-store purchases only.)

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We special order, deliver downtown for free to both residences and businesses ($30 minimum), and have free parking next to the store in the alley. We appreciate your business, and look forward to continuing to serve you! And our ears are always open on how we may better serve you, so please let us know how we might improve.