Possibly the world’s largest wine bash, Beaujolais Nouveau takes place on the third Thursday of November, this year falling on the 16th November.
This is the date the Beaujolais Nouveau hits the shelves worldwide – retailers are not allowed to sell this year’s vintage before this date.
Beaujolais is a wine region in Burgundy, France. For centuries, the wine was purely a local affair, not drank or respected elsewhere. Things changed in 1951 thanks to some very clever marketing that saw the vineyards cutting back on restrictions of when the newest vintages of Beaujolais wine could be released, to the middle of November. This wine was Beaujolais Nouveau (“New Beaujolais”).
A new annual race was conjured up, to see who could get their Beaujolais Nouveau to the Paris markets first, and thus, the frenzy each year for the Beaujolais Nouveau was born. At precisely midnight, on the third Thursday of November every year, over a million cases of Beaujolais Nouveau begin a journey through France to Paris for shipment across the globe. It is now celebrated the world over with millions popping a cork in late November.
Here on the Island, The Spyglass Inn have been celebrating this fine tradition virtually since the pub opened in 1988! They combine this Gallic treat with a full and very English breakfast, and the Beaujolais Breakfast on Thursday 16th November is annual event not to be missed for those in the know (booking is essential). The atmosphere in ‘La Spyglass’ is decidedly Francais on the day, with the rare sight of the Tricolours flying high, French accordion music and even the option to indulge in a little bit French dressing-up if you fancy! A jaunty beret or striped shirt will get you in the spirit and there is a generous prize for the best dressed guest. Tickets are £19.95 per person, call 01983 855338 to book.
The Garlic Farm celebrate on Friday 17th November with a specially designed menu from their head chef celebrating French cuisine, with a bottle of Beaujolais, naturellement. Book now to avoid disappointment.