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Question 3) I am a Red from France and I am best when young though I can tolerate some moderate aging (3-5 years). In my youngest form I am always released to market on the third week in November. Who am I?

 The answer is BEAUJOLAIS, not Beaujolais Nouveau. Beaujolais is a light red wine, thin skinned and low tannins that is best served slightly chilled with a few years of aging. The 10 Beaujolais crus are in the southern end of Burgundy and have names such as Morgon, Fleurie, Juilienas and Brouilly.

The region is famous for Beaujolais Nouveau (new in French), a creative marketing event introduced to the world in 1980’s by negociants like Georges Duboeuf. As Beaujolais Nouveau gained popularity in 1990’s, supply surpassed demand and a glut of poor quality wine created a negative perception of Beaujolais. In 2001 one million cases of Beaujolais were destroyed due to weak demand and poor quality. Scandals continued into 2007 when producers were fined for illegal use of sugar in wine-making.

beaujolais noveau

GEORGES DUBOEUF Beaujolais Nouveau 2015 $9
Pink-purple in color with very little tannins, this is a young wine only 6-8 weeks after harvest. The wine is released to US market on the third Thursday of November for immediate consumption. The best part of this wine is the abstract design and colorful labels which change with every vintage.

beaujolais 2012

CHATEAU DES LABOURONS H.Fessy Fleurie 2012 $17
DOM DE LA VOUTE DES CROZES N.Charion Cote-de-Brouilly 2012 $17
In recent years a younger generation of winemakers have focused on producing better quality Beaujolais in an attempt to restore the regions’ reputation.

Question 4) I am a Red – also very young and from Piedmont Italy. I am not meant to be aged and should be drunk within my first two years of release. Who am I?

The answer is DOLCETTO, the name of a wine and grape in the Piedmont region of northern Italy.

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