Beaujolais Nouveau

Do you know what the third Thursday of November is? That’s right BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU time!

The release of the this fun very drinkable French wine is meant to celebrate the harvest. The wine is usually very young, most producers bottling their wine as soon as six weeks after picking. With this method of production you end up with a wine that is extremely soft, with very little tannin, highlighted with subtle notes of banana and fig. What makes if even more perfect is that it coincides with Thanksgiving and this wine pairs very well with Turkey.

The grape is GAMAY. By law this wine can not be sold until the third Thursday of November so at 12:01 I got notified my order was ready to be picked up. The wine had notes of strawberry and black current. Wonderful nose. Silky tannins, and a nice long finish of cheery.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Noveau 2012 $8.99

So, cast off your cares, get happy, put on a funky tie, maybe a green vest, get an accordion player and buy a few bottles of Beaujolais and be happy.

Phantom

If I had a favorite wine label, I believe it would be Bogle.  Very nice wines reasonable prices, what’s not to like?

Do you know what a Bogle is?  For us Scotts it means Ghost!  It’s from the Middle English Bugge or Bogey and that’s where we get Bogeyman.  A creature that hides in the fields and scares the humans, they are more into perplexing mankind rather than anything sinister.  This is where we also get scarecrows from.

Tonight I enjoyed the top line offering from Bogle Phantom.  Phantom only appears once a year and my bottle is from last year.  I did purchase another bottle for this year and I’ll purchase more to age in my cellar.

First this wine has a beautify nose rich warm and inviting.  The wine showcases three varietals; 52% Zinfandel, my favorite food group, 46% Petite Syrah and 2% Mouruedre.  The blend gives this wine a firm full body taste with a really firm finish.

The wine is aged for 30 months in American oak and produces a wine you don’t want to ignore.  This is a working man’s wine that can be aged like the big boys and enjoyed even more in two to three years.  I want to have a few representatives of this spirit in my cellar.

I enjoyed the wine all by itself; however this is a very food friendly wine and would work well with red meat dishes and game.

Don’t be afraid to bring this specter home.