Sunday, November 13, 2011

On November 13

On this day in ...
... 2011 (today), is the 60th birthday of Beaujolais nouveau. (photo credit) The making of a vin de l'année had been an end-of-harvest tradition in the winemaking region of Beaujolais, France, but this conflicted with mid-20th century rules precluded official sales of Beaujolais until December 15 of any given year. On this day in 1951, the rules were relaxed: "the Union Interprofessionnelle des Vins du Beaujolais (UIVB) formally set the 15 November as the release date for what would henceforth be known as Beaujolais Nouveau." It is a very lightly fermented pink-purple wine that in another week will be found, thanks to much marketing by French vintners, on many an American Thanksgiving table.

(Prior November 13 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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