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Thursday, 17 November 2005


Jess (in Boston)

oooh, i learned a hard lesson from le beaujolais nouveau!! When i was living in Paris I participated in the fete and then learned from my French roommate the next day (as i tried to keep the room from spinning and my stomach inside my body) that BN is just, well, plonk. and the fete is a marketing scheme (scam)? And drinking a whole bottle is a bad idea on an empty stomach. Or anytime, really. But I guess that can apply to many wines. ;)

(moderation . . . moderation . . .ohm . . .)

Jess (in Boston)

also -- how did NYC go? It's an event that I'd love to attend one day!


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Chubby Hubby

Totally agree. The BN is the most over-hyped, silliest wine event of every year. It's an awful wine and unfortunately has ruined the reputation of Beaujolais wines around the world.


is there any difference between Beaujolais NOUVEAU
and Beaujolais PRIMEUR?

laura @ cucina testa rossa

hi jess in boston -- yikes, sounds like me and a gallo-wine-in-a-box in college. i couldn't drink red wine for years... nyc was amazing, thanks for asking. the beard dinner was spectacular, the food mouthwatering and the chefs wonderful! try to get to any beard dinner in ny. it's a very special place and unique experience.

ciao chubbyhubby -- wholeheartedly agree. i've been told by experts that there are actually some very good ones out there but i have yet to experience them... it's still just kool-aid to me.

bonjour leconte -- there is... a wine released between its harvest and the following spring, is termed primeur. A wine released during the time between its own and the following years harvest, is termed nouveau so technically this is Beaujolais Primeur....but it's all about the marketing....


Well, laura, I tried one of the more prominent Beaujolais Nouveaus last night.

The summary: what an awful, terrible, horrible, no-good wine. (For the price).

Full report here:



laura @ cucina testa rossa

hi peter - i feel your pain. it's kool-aid, i tell ya. but as a marketing person, i must tip my hat to the sheer marketing brilliance the French have shown here, something that is loathed in this neck of the woods and spoken about in hushed tones in the corners of dark smoky bars. it's the great american way (that is so scorned, but secretly envied here). take nothing and make it something, then market the hell out of it and overcharge. starbucks - $4.50 for a CUP OF COFFEE?!?! but as you said, you "took it for the team". consider it market research, R&D, and write it off on your taxes! maybe recoup a few of those 12 dollars ;-)

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