Giving Thanks for Beaujolais Cru (not Nouveau!)

by Christina on November 15, 2012

As if Thanksgiving weren’t stressful enough for those of you hosting, you need to stop peeling potatoes and start giving some thought to wine. And if any self-proclaimed “wine snobs” threaten to make their way to your table, then those thoughts are probably pretty negative.

However, Sexy Mother Foodies know exactly how to throw down the gauntlet at any holiday table with one inexpensive, straightforward (dare I say “elegant”?) wine: Beaujolais Cru.

This suggestion just raised the hackles on those wine snobs’ backs. I’m not talking about Beaujolais Nouveau—known as the only wine to taste like banana bubble-gum and have an expiration date.

Beaujolais Crus are serious wines that have had such a guilt-by-association PR smackdown since the invention of the “Nouveau” that they are almost always under $25. Make that $20.

Just pick up a few bottles. Decant them. Serve them. Then realize that every dish we put forth at Thanksgiving can be described in a glass of Beaujolais Cru. Think bright red cranberries, floral herbs, and a good amount of acidity to cut through the mounds of gravy that somehow always end up on my plate.

My only warning is that Beaujolais Crus aren’t clearly labeled (no surprise, since they’re French). Look for them in the the French “Burgundy” section, and keep your eyes peeled for word “gamay” grape. If all else fails, here is the list of villages that produce Beaujolais Crus. Alas, it might be your only ticket to finding one.

  • Brouilly
  • Chénas
  • Chiroubles
  • Cote de Brouilly
  • Fleurie
  • Juliénas
  • Morgon
  • Moulin à Vent
  • Régnié
  • Saint Amour

Remember, pass by those flashy “Nouveau” labels without a second thought.

And have a very, very happy Thanksgiving…

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PragmaticMom November 15, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I am a wine idiot and this is exactly the info I need for the upcoming holidays for hostess presents. Now, I hope I don’t get the Beaujolais confused. CRU not nouveau. Ok. Will try to remember the shorter named one.


Christina November 16, 2012 at 12:04 am

Yes–they would make a great hostess present. Very drinkable and not too expensive. And don’t stress about remembering the “cru” part of buying a Beaujolais, just ask for help. The labeling is impossible on all the best French wines! Enjoy, and happy Thanksgiving!


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