Raise your hand if a French wine under $20 is only on your list for the coq au vin pot. I was right there with you… Until I rediscovered the wines of Beaujolais and was completely blown away.
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The Beau You Should Know
Beaujolais has a wine making tradition that stretches back through the centuries. The best wines of the region come from ten villages with sloped sunny vineyards along the Saone River. This region is the southern most part of Burgundy and in classic French fashion each village presents a different expression of the Gamay grape. Pinot noir is a part of the Gamay lineage and there are some similarities. There is a reason it is said Gamay is “PNOT.” A combination of varietal characteristics and wine making techniques make Beaujolais softer, fruiter, and less tannic than red Burgundy. As a result, Beaujolais can be more versatile for food pairings. Don’t believe me, keep reading.
How I Met My Beau