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...
Thank you very much indeed for your kind comments yesterday - you really are a lovely bunch of people!
Happy Birthday Steph!
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