Beaujolais Nouveau is a fresh, fruity, and inexpensive red wine released each year on the third Thursday of November. Made from handpicked Gamay grapes from the Beaujolais province of France, these wines were originally produced to celebrate then end of the harvest season. The day, and the wine, are widely celebrated in France with festivals, parades, and races and at midnight fireworks are launched to mark the release of the new wines. For decades, Beaujolais Nouveau had been released in France on the 15th of November and a race was created where the first bottles of the new vintage were carried to Paris for their release. Beaujolais Nouveau day has attracted international attention and races to other cities in Europe began in the 1980’s. By the 1990’s the tradition had spread to North America and Asia and in 1985, the date was officially moved from the 15th of November, to the third Thursday of the month. Meant to be enjoyed young, these wines allow local vintners to clear large amounts of wine at good profits, improving cash flow shortly after harvest. Fresh, fruit forward, and low in acidity, these wines are very drinkable and truly embody the spirit of their fun-filled and much awaited celebratory day!