By Jennifer Manly
Last week I attended the Beaujolais Nouveau 30th Anniversary wine event at AJ’s Fine Foods in Scottsdale. This great event featured wine and food tasting, a magician, mime and French recording artist Cecilia Hortensia. It was a French themed-party at its finest!
Beaujolais Nouveau is the first wine of the new harvest and ushers in the new vintage year, so I can say I was one of the lucky ones to try a taste of the new 2012 harvest. The wine exceeded my expectations. It was a very crisp, fruit-flavored wine that is a great pairing to have during your Thanksgiving festivities!
Now for a little bit about Beaujolais Nouveau; it is a red wine that is made from Gamay grapes that are produced in France. It is officially released on the third Thursday of November and it considered a light weight wine and contains little tannin. The recommendation for serving this wine is lightly chilled atapproximately 13°C (55°F).
This great event not only gave me an excuse to try some exquisite wine, but it also gave me a chance to talk to AJ’s Cellar Master, Ann Stephens who was helping to pour. Anne’s passion for wine and “all things French” was very apparent from the moment I met her. She gave me a brief background on her journey through the years and how she ended up where she is now. I must say, she is an extraordinary woman, with so much talent, knowledge and love for the wine industry and Europe.
If you haven’t tried Beaujolais Nouveau, go pick up a bottle and take it with you to Thanksgiving dinner, or your next holiday party, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Also, next time you stop into AJ’s, say hello to Ann and ask her some wine questions, I guarantee she’ll have the answer you’re looking for!