Never Drinking Anything Else Again…

23 Mar

After diving head first into a pile of wine books, websites and tweets, I have come out ready, excited and particularly curious to try several different types of wine that weren’t really on my radar.

First up was Beaujolais.

Previously, I had generally steered my wine choices away from France. I mean, yeah, they’ve done wine very, very well, but they’re also kinda – well – French about it. Call it uppity, snotty, or just very secure in their fortune, but the Canadian in me never really cared much to venture to the rolling, grassy hills of France. Well, other than Champagne… but that’s a whole other chapter.

So. Beaujolais. After serious readings, what did I know about it?

Well, this wine takes its name from a region in France. I bet you can guess what it’s called. (Yes, for the blondes in the class, that’d be Beaujolais.) I know from my Grade 12 French class that Beau means beautiful, so that’s a nice start for a wine. Jolais I can only imagine stands for ‘Amazing Wine’.

Yes folks, it’s that good. I had read that it was that good, but didn’t want to believe the hype. Someone once said it was the perfect wine, and that guy cut it with water.

Well it may not be perfect, or at least not the stuff at my price point, but it’s as close as I’ve tasted.

I sampled a bottle (or two, what can I say, I’m hooked on the stuff) of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf 2008 Beaujolais – Villages (LCBO 122077, $12.95)

It smells like red wine, but drinks like a white. It’s as tender as they describe it on the bottle. It’s full of berries and juicy.

The best part is that you’re actually supposed to serve it chilled. Yes, this is a red wine we’re talking about folks. But those Frenchies have it right, that Gamay grape is amazing cold. It’s as easy drinking as a crisp Pinot Grigio. It’s great for picnics, matches everything from light red meats to chicken pasta. I can even imagine it being awesome with Asian cuisine.

It’s not bitter, but it’s not super sweet. It’s so damn good that I might never drink anything else again.

One Response to “Never Drinking Anything Else Again…”


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