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Fresh, fruity and fun, Beaujolais Nouveau is part of the excitement of fall. As the leaves turn, you’ll also see a change in the color in people’s glasses – this light, young Gamay wine from a popular Burgundy sub-region is a delicious pairing for autumnal foods, and has become a wildly popular annual release.

But why get excited? Nouveau wines are a harvest festival in a bottle, offering the freshest possible taste of the vintage. Forgoing the barrel, skipping prolonged maturation and keeping contact with the skins light, this is the sun-ripened vineyards of Beaujolais, bottled.

These wines celebrate the changing of the seasons, and are best enjoyed soon after release. Beaujolais Nouveau is best served with a slight chill, so when the weather cools down, share a bottle with friends as you look forward to spring.

2011 Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau Half Case