With Southern hemisphere wines from the 2012 vintage having been on the shelves for a few months now the annual release of Beaujolais Nouveau on the third Thursday of November has become much less significant that it was but it’s still fun to crack open a bottle with friends.
It's not a great wine, granted - Beaujolais ‘crus’ from villages such as Fleurie, Chiroubles and Morgon are far more rewarding - but it's a nice bit of nostalgia.
So far as food is concerned I suggest you go for the obvious-but-none-the-worse-for-it pairing of charcuterie. A selection of saucisson, paté, rillettes and perhaps some jambon de Bayonne or mountain ham with some cornichons (gherkins), fresh radishes, butter and a good crusty baguette or two followed by a nice mature but not overripe Camembert or Brie. I’d also suggest you chill your ‘nouveau’ for 30 minutes in the fridge before you serve it.
If you’re feeling more adventurous you could try it with a Chinese takeaway avoiding stronger dishes such as crab or ribs in black bean sauce. I think it would go pretty well with sushi. And if you’re anywhere warm enough to eat outside try it with a duck or chicken salad with some red fruits such as sun-dried cherries or pomegranate seeds. Or with the Thanksgiving turkey leftovers!
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