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Beaujolais Nouveau: History Behind the Third Thursday in November

At one past midnight on the third Thursday of each November, from little villages and towns like Romanèche-Thorins, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin their journey through a sleeping France to Paris for immediate shipment to all parts of the world. Banners proclaim the good news: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! "The New Beaujolais has arrived!" One of the most frivolous and animated rituals in the wine world has begun.

It is with great pride that we announce to one and all, that the official Missouri State Grape, the Norton, has finally been recognized as a fine wine grape. It can now be considered in the same league as the pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and the rest of that regal and elite crowd.


It is a common practice to pair wines with foods; but why stop there? How about pairing wines with movies? With that in mind, we will proceed to give our recommendations on what to drink while you are watching what.
The most obvious choice would be a chardonnay with the movie “Bottle Shock”. Any decent chard will do, but we enjoyed a Clos Du Bois 1999 Sonoma County Chardonnay ($14) and it so beautifully accompanied that movie.

Divers have found bottles of champagne some 230 years old on the bottom of the Baltic which a wine expert described Saturday as tasting "fabulous".

Thought to be premium brand Veuve Clicquot, the 30 bottles discovered perfectly preserved at a depth of 55 metres (180 feet) could have been in a consignment sent by France's King Louis XVI to the Russian Imperial Court.