Saturday, November 21, 2009

Beaujolais Nouveau

When I was in my teens, during the 1980s, I remember news broadcasts every November, where enterprising and publicity-seeking winebar owners chartered private planes to bring back the first Beaujolais Nouveau for their yuppie punters.
What was all the fuss about, I wondered? The answer is that this is the new, unmatured wine of this year's grapes, and a little bit of it is put up for sale the moment it's bottled - the 'release' date is the third Thursday of November each year. Thus, ever since we've lived in France, we've bought ourselves one bottle on the third weekend of November. It's not expensive, and in fact it's not considered a good wine ('unsophisticated', you know...) but we enjoy the tradition and I actually enjoy the taste ('unsophisticated', you know...).
I am just about to re-open my blog shop (I THINK I've worked out how to close it down while I tinker with it), and I do hope that all the Paypal buttons work and I haven't done anything silly! The really, really wonderful buttons above are available for sale - that was a bit of a wrench...
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Thank you very much indeed for your kind comments yesterday - you really are a lovely bunch of people!

14 comments:

TheMadHouse said...

How very unsophisticated indeed. I think the bottle is great.

Sarah said...

How on earth are you parting with those treasures??? I love them! A couple of them look like brooches don't they? Guess you could use them as that. Do your boys enjoy wine like the other French children? Ours could never be French!

Michela said...

Hi Floss, I love your bottle, here "vino novello/vin nouveau" is very expensive. Great bits in your shop!

Serenata said...

Oh the temptation! But I shall resist, especially since The Bear arrived ;-)
You have presented them beautifully in your shop.

Manka said...

To tell the truth I don't really like the taste of the new wine, but I love the bottle. And those buttons are gorgeous!!!
Have a nice Sunday!

VintageVicki said...

I remember all the fuss about the new wine - remember going to a posh party where the hosts had secured a few bottles.

Enjoy xx

bad penny said...

Oh I remember someone giving me a taster of Beaujolais Nouveau in my teens !

Have just been staying in... Beaumaris... Anglesey !

Jeannette said...

Oh yes...the Beaujolais madness...remember that too all to well.
And how wonderful that you have your own shop...I have allready made myself a true follower. ;)
Have a great Sunday Floss and enjoy it.

sarah-jane down the lane said...

What a giggle, hiccup! Beaujolais Nouveau, now that takes me back! I adore the bottles, my Mum would buy a case and I would lust after the empty bottles, tee hee,

Sarah x

Andi's English Attic said...

I remember those broadcasts, too! As I can't drink red wine (migrains) I'll never know what all the fuss is about. Pretty bottle. Pretty buttons, too. Enjoy your unsophisticated evening. xx

BusyLizzie said...

Hi Floss
thank you for your comment on my blog, glad you enjoyed the piccies. Remember the Nouveau Beaujolais era in 80's. I worked in a wine bar in London called La Bouffe! Happy days!

Laura said...

Gorgeous buttons! We like to indulge in the Nouveau Beajuolais here too! Welcome to the season! Have a great week! Laura :)

Tabiboo said...

I too remember this as a child and wondered what all the 'yuppie' hype was about, but I have to say it is really rather nice!

Nina x

Olga said...

Hi Floss! The shop is wonderful! I wish yu good luck with it and of course lots and lots of sold'n'shared items! :)