Why you should be drinking Beaujolais for Thanksgiving

It’s that festive time of year again when friends & family gather around a table to give thanks, watch football, and eat (and drink) more than we should... and feel totally okay about it.

Finding that perfect pairing can be a tough one. First, you need a wine that goes with the meal: the turkey – an odd lean bird (a REALLY weird bird) that’s more gamey than chicken, but less so than duck. You also need that wine to stand up to the heavy sides, and the sweeter & slightly spicy Thanksgiving flavors. Secondly, you need to find something that works well with the occasion. You want to have something celebratory & special - something that embraces the day, but isn’t pretentious. You don’t want to be that douche-magoo that out-classes his family.

The answer is clear. It’s Beaujolais. Here’s why:

i) It’s A Perfect Pairing.

This ‘style’ of wine actually pairs really well with Thanksgiving dinner. Beaujolais is made from the Gamay grape, a grape that’s naturally high in acid. What’s unique about this particular style of wine (and ‘nerd alert’) is that the grapes undergo a unique process called ‘Carbonic Maceration,’ which basically allow the grapes to ferment in their own skin, as opposed to being crushed. The end result is a medium bodied wine that is fruit forward and ‘juicy,’ but without the tannin (that tight, bitter aftertaste - the result of crushing grapes). The medium body can stand up to those heavier sides (think cheese sauces, mashed potatoes, casseroles), while the jammy fruits of cherry & blueberry are a great accompaniment to those fall inspired flavors: pumpkin, sweet potato, parsnips, as well as the spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. And finally, the grape’s naturally acidity compliment the more citrus elements to the meal (cranberry sauce, orange peel, lemon zest). #WINNING #NAILEDIT

ii) It’s Has A Festive Reputation

Where Champagne is glamorous, Bordeaux is bougie, Burgundy is serious, Beaujolais is just plain fun. Ever heard of ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’? Every year on the 3rd Thursday of November, the French nation celebrates the first release of the new harvest. Traditionally, wine growers from the Beaujolais region would race each other to Paris to get their newest vintage to market, the end result being a city-wide all-night party of wine, music, and… more wine. Since then, the race has expanded all over the country and world-wide (Pro tip: Here in DC, Bistrot du Coin puts on a stellar party). It’s basically the ‘New Years Eve’ of the wine world, so why not embrace this element into your Thanksgiving celebration.

iii) Its Affordable

Beaujolais is a pretty decent bang for your buck. You can find a TON of great Beaujolais in the $12 - $25 sweet spot. This sub-region is clearly not as well known as its northerly neighbor Burgundy or the most commercially known region Bordeaux, and therefore the brand can’t demand the same price tag. Moreover, the Beaujolais Nouveau celebration didn’t always win the region any favors. What came with the all-night parties in the 1970s & 1980s was a string of condemnation from the ‘higher ups’ in the wine world, criticizing the region for releasing young, under-developed ‘vin de merde’ (quite literally ‘shit wine’). For years it has been fighting this reputation, and wine makers in the region have been knuckling down to produce better quality wines (and succeeding). As a result, they’re competing on price to get their name out there.

2015 Bichot Chateau De Jarnioux Beaujolais

($13.99 NOW $11.99)

Here at SIPTIP, we offer a fantastic Beaujolais that we can’t be more excited about. It’s everything we love in a Thanksgiving wine and the price is so right. Just so right. We’ve sourced ours from Albert Bichot, a family who has been producing wine in Burgundy since 1350. This wine has an attractive intense ruby red color. Delectable, fresh and typical nose with notes of strawberry and candied blueberry. It’s refreshing and smooth and… just perfect for Thanksgiving. Add it to the mix today!

Let us know your thoughts! Happy Sippin' and Happy Thanksgivin' everyone!

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