Judging Beauloias Nouveau is just like watching the Westminster Kennel Club dog show on ESPN.
In the Best of Show competition Beagles compete against Huskies and French Poodles. How do they decide one winner? Well, as I understand it, each dog is judged against the perfect specimen of its own breed – much like Plato’s Theory of Forms (for you philosophy majors that stumbled across this blog by googling “Plato – Beaujolais Nouveau -Westminster Kennel Club).
Everyone at my party had a different opinion of which wine was the Best in Show. There were a couple of very good true Beaujolais wines, two solid Italian wines, and many people also liked the Primeur Syrah. So what would Plato do? (start making those WWPD bracelets).
In the spirit of Nouveau (a decidedly French word) I eliminated the Italian Novello wines – even though they were probably the best wines – and selected Georges Duboeuf Gamay Nouveau as the winner. The Gamay Nouveau was light, juicy, delicious, one-dimensional – the perfect Nouveau to sip while sitting in a cave watching shadows .
If anyone wants to argue the point then I dare you to bring a bottle of Nouveau, or “Nouveau”, over to my house and change my opinion. Bring some crackers and cheese too.