There is only one winner in a contest like this – and that winner is me. Having a house full of friends eating and drinking unpretentious wine is the best of all worlds.
But in a very real way 3 wines won this year’s Nouveau competition. Here’s how I saw it anyhoo.
#1. Georges DuBoeuf Gamay Nouveau – at $10 it is a great price point. Tart, juicy, and a bit of effervescence. This, in my humble opinion [which is the only one that counts in my wine blog] is the perfect Nouveau. So good that I only have empties left.
#2. Mommessin – at $14 it’s not a crazy “fou” price and it inspirted the art that my girls draw every year on our chalkboard. The smoothest, most well balanced of them all. I have a couple left to serve with American Thanksgiving turkey this week.
#3. Georges again – this time with this fancy label Beaujolais Villages Nouveau, that is a little pricey at $15 but what cha gonna do? Georges knows Nouveau. Good enough to tuck away in my cellar until Christmas and even as long as Easter.
Heavy Criticism Alert. Hey Joseph Drouhin. Stop trying to charge me $16 for Nouveau. You were very tasty but I could save my money and buy more of those expensive French copper pots I love if you would charge me $10 like you should.
Thanks to all the other wines that participated. Here are my thoughts on you.
Italian wine … you tasted too much like Uncle Tony’s garage wine at the end. I liked your effort at rustic but it turned out a little too rustic if you know what I mean. And Ontario wine … I like Jolly Ranchers as much as the next guy but sweet jolly rancher wine is not my idea of a Nouveau. Art … I just didn’t like you. Nothing personal. I know that sounded personal but it’s not. I will buy you again next year.