Ah, the holiday
season is upon us, friends- a time for reflection, a time for giving thanks,
time to reacquaint ourselves with the generosity of the human spirit and be a
little kinder to those around us. So,
while you’re at it with all the whole-hearted giving and whatnot, we here at
Divino, humble purveyors of all things boozey, have one simple request to make
of you: give gamay a chance, won’t you?
Let’s do away with
the scrunched noses and barely audible guffaws at the first mention of
Beaujolais. Whether it’s disdain for the
juicy-loosey nouveau (we’ll leave Mr. Duboef out of this) or the assumption
that Beaujolais is merely Burgundy’s slack-jawed and slow-witted third cousin, the
region gets a bad rap. Beaujolais has
been the whipping boy of the French wine world for long enough, and it’s time
for us all to raise a glass and end the unwarranted snobbery.
deliberation, and drinking, and snacking, and some more deliberation, and then
some more drinking, we have come to the conclusion that Jean-marc Burgaud’s
2012 Morgon “grands cras” is the all-out bee’s knees, cat’s pajamas, wine of
the season for all your hosting and feasting needs. Here we have a complex and
well layered wine, expressive of both the schist and granite soils of cru-class
Beaujolais and bringing with it a lovely balance of lively, flashy young fruit,
savory dried herbs, and subtle florals.
Medium in body with a soft tannin, yet dry finish, it will fit your
Thanksgiving meal like a pair of well-loved wool socks on a snowy day. It will
pair with anything and provide a conversational escape from your parent’s
recent overhaul of the den. It will make
your mouth water, and your brother in-law tolerable.
So, join us good
natured and wide-eyed winos, in clearing out a little corner of our collective
hearts for the scrappy little grape from the southside. Let the gamay be your guide!