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The countdown to Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 is well underway.

As the UK's only Beaujolais wine specialist, we're here to share the most useful info and interesting stories around Beaujolais Nouveau as we head towards 20th November 2014.

We have three deliciously individual Beaujolais Nouveaux from three very special wine makers - which will be despatched for delivery on Thursday 20th November. To find out more about each wine, click on the links below and if you have any questions do please get in touch.

Is Beaujolais making a comeback? Our view on yesterday’s press

The third Thursday in November is always a highlight in our yearly calendar and a busy day for us. However, Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2014 was particularly exciting as there was a bigger buzz about Beaujolais than usual in the media yesterday.

Various pieces from the UK’s leading press titles were reporting an increase in sales and asking whether Beaujolais was seeing a revival.

As the UK’s only Beaujolais specialist wine merchant, we wanted to round up the coverage and contribute to this debate - giving our own views on the possible revival for Beaujolais’ wines.

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Beaujolais 2014 Vintage Report

So with Beaujolais Day celebrations for the first release Nouveau wines just two days away, the region’s trade body, Inter Beaujolais, has just released its 2014 vintage report. The good news is that the Beaujolais 2014 vintage has been labelled as a promising one, producing wines that should be very elegant!

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Beaujolais Nouveau Day - Big in South Wales

Since Beaujolais Nouveau’s release day was first made popular in the 1960s, the event has captured the imagination of wine lovers around the world. And there's one corner of the UK where Beaujolais Day is particularly popular...

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What Food to Pair with Beaujolais Nouveau?

Platter of cured meat with glass of Beaujolais Nouveau

One of Beaujolais Nouveau’s greatest assets is its good acidity – which is great news when it comes to pairing the wine with food. Acidity is the key element which makes a wine ‘food-friendly’.

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How to taste Beaujolais Nouveau 2014

Pouring a glass of Beaujolais Nouveau wine to taste

Beaujolais Nouveau is not a wine to sniff, swirl and contemplate too much – rather a light-hearted wine to enjoy in a relaxed way. There are many characteristics commonly shared by all Beaujolais Nouveau, so what should you look for when tasting it?

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How do they make Beaujolais Nouveau so it can be released so quickly?

Beaujolais Nouveau is one of very few wines to be produced, bottled and released within a few weeks of the harvest. This means employing a speedy winemaking method called semi-carbonic maceration. This technique is also known as ‘whole grape fermentation’ or ‘the Beaujolais method’ as the region’s proud winemakers prefer to call it.

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The race to taste Beaujolais Nouveau 2014

Concorde was one extreme method of transport used in the Beaujolais Nouveau race

There’s good reason to call Beaujolais Nouveau the world’s fastest wine. Not only does it go from grapes on the vine to 30 million bottles in just two months, but its release also inspires a race to speed the first bottles to Paris, Europe and other markets around the globe.

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What is Beaujolais Nouveau 2014?

​The phrase ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ is synonymous with both the young red wine from the Beaujolais region of France and the annual event which celebrates its release every November.

Beaujolais Nouveau 2014 will be the first French wine of this year to be released, just weeks after the grapes have been handpicked from the vineyards.

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What is Beaujolais Nouveau Day?

Beaujolais Nouveau Day - Celebrating the first French wine of the year to be released.

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is the celebration of the first French wine of the year to be released, just weeks after the grapes have been harvested. Beaujolais Nouveau Day 2014 takes place on Thursday 20th November.

Beaujolais Nouveau wine is launched on the third Thursday of November every year, at the stroke of midnight. The uncorking of this ‘new wine’ is marked by parties, fireworks and other festivities.

Banners proclaim the news: “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!” (The New Beaujolais has arrived!)

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