Made from the gamay grape, Beaujolais wines are rich in aromas and flavors. They have floral scents of violets and roses that are complimented with crisp fruits and hints of spice.
Beaujolais is a light to medium-body wine that has high acidity and low tannins. This combination is what makes it food friendly and easy drinking for our summer barbecue. Enjoy this on your lawn chair while waiting for the grill to heat up.
Beaujolais should be served chilled to bring out the aromas and flavors of the fruit and spice for a party on your palate. To keep the wine chilled place the bottle in a bucket of ice water and keep in the shade, it will be just right for drinking.
Beaujolais Villages will have the name of the négociant or producer of the wine on the label. Look for Louis Jadot, Mommessin, Marcel Lapierre, Joseph Drouhin, Georges Duboeuf, just to name a few.
For the Beaujolais Cru wines the label will have the name of one of the 10 villages that produce what is considered the best of the Beaujolais. Look for one of these: Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent, Juliénas, Morgon, Chiroubles, Saint-Amour, Chénas, Fleurie, and Régnié.
There are a few wine critics who consider some of these wines excellent value for red burgundy without spending the extra bucks.
Pair the lighter style Beaujolais-Villages with lighter dishes and salads. The Cru Beaujolais will go well with chicken and pork, and the heavier style Cru Beaujolais will pair well with grilled steaks, burgers, ribs.
Here is a sample of moderately priced Beaujolais wines to choose from wine.com who also offers free shipping. This can save you time and money when you are preparing for your summer parties.
Domaine des Braves 2009 Régnié — This Cru Beaujolais is from what is considered the best vintage for Beaujolais. It has aromas of roses and violets with hints of anise. Flavors of black raspberries and plums with cumin and black pepper make this wine rich and delicious.
Abarbanel 2009 Beaujolais Villages — is a kosher, non-mevushal wine that has won several awards. This is a fruity wine with aromas of berries and tobacco and a hint of banana. Chill for an hour before serving with your sweet and sour chicken, BBQ chicken, burgers, and light style pasta dishes.
Be sure to add Beaujolais to your summer wine list along with Rosé and your favorite white and red wines.