Discover Beaujolais – A Refreshing Change
Do you “Beaujolais” in Spring and Summer? Why wait for one past midnight on the third Thursday of each November? The French wines of the Beaujolais region are made from handpicked Gamay grapes. The region is best known for its light red wines, which taste great chilled and offer a refreshing flavor profile. A small amount of French white wine and pink rosé is also made in the Beaujolais region.
Elke Girresch, Sommelier for Flow Wine Group had a chance to sit down with Jessica Altieri, CEO of WineChannelTV at Markethouse Restaurant in Chicago and share her love of Beaujolais. Also on hand was Executive Chef Scott Walton of Markethouse who prepares some delicious pairings for the featured wines. The Discover Beaujolais campaign will be featured at the upcoming Windy City Wine Festival in Chicago on September 7-8, 2012.
Located north of Lyon in eastern France, Beaujolais overlaps Burgundy in the north and Rhône in the south. The picturesque Beaujolais vineyards run along the Saône River, where winemakers have crafted deliciously supple and fruity wines since the days of Ancient Rome. Only manual harvesting is allowed in the Beaujolais region. Handpicking means that before being vatted, entire bunches are sorted to remove any bad grapes. This winemaking method is specific to the Beaujolais region.
What you need to know!
Number of appellations: 12, including 10 Crus
4. Côte de Brouilly
12. Beaujolais Villages
For your upcoming end of summer parties, try the best tasting light red wines this summer – a Beaujolais wine makes an ideal warm weather vintage! For more information about the Discover Beaujolais Campaign, please visit www.discoverbeaujolais.com or contact Flow Wine Group.
Stay tuned to WineChannelTV for Part 2 of the Discover Beaujolais interview next week featuring food pairings from Markethouse Restaurant with Executive Chef Scott Walton and Flow Wine Group Sommelier Elke Girresch. Cheers!