Beaujolais Nouveau

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Beaujolais Nouveau wine season starts this weekend. It's also a pre-Thanksgiving day feast that marks the end of the harvest season. Beaujolais Nouveau refers to the 7- 9-week old wine made from the Gamay grape that is grown in Burgundy France. In 1985, the French government declared that Beaujolais Nouveau be sold beginning on the third Thursday of November worldwide. Du Vin Wine's wine specialist Stacie Hunt decants this quaffing wine and recommends:

Louis Tet or Georges Duboeuf labels.  Both excellent producers. Louis Tet:  $10.99; Georges Dubious:  $11.99

Cru Beaujolais (fermented and aged longer, light to medium-bodied wine), "cru" means a designated vineyard or estate that is deemed superior. $12.99-$23.00

- Fleurie (floral and fruity, considered the most feminine)
- Morgon (this is the masculine version, rich and rather full bodied)
- St.-Amour (as you can imagine, rich and silky the wine of love)
- Moulin-a-Vent (hearty, textured wine, considered on of the best)
- Chiroubles (highest altitude vineyards, the lightest of the wines)
- Brouilly (aromas of raspberry, cherries, blueberries)
- Julienas (relatively powerful, spicy – named for Julius Caesar)
- Regnie (full bodied, round, red current and raspberry flavored)
- Cote de Brouilly (heady, lively, grows on the slopes of an extinct volcano)

Du Vin Wine & Spirits
540 N San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

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