One of the best things about France is wine. Luckily for all of us, France has its very own holiday celebrated on the third Thursday of November (one week before Thanksgiving) every year called Beaujolais Nouveau. The holiday is typically celebrated with fireworks, music, festivals, and of course, Beaujolais wine.
Karen MacNeil, wine expert, describes Beaujolais as, “The only white wine that happens to be red.” The chilled red wine comes from the Beaujolais province of France, just north of Lyon. Every year, thousands of young French people looking for work trek to this region of France to assist with Les Vendanges, or grape harvest. There, the Gamay grapes (known for having thin skin) that go into Beaujolais Nouveau are handpicked and then produced into a fruity, cherry-red wine. Under French law, the Beaujolais wine is then held in various warehouses and is released to be opened and enjoyed at 12:01 AM on Beaujolais Nouveau. The consumption of Beaujolais wine is seen as a celebration of another successful harvest.
All around France, local wineries and bars celebrate Beaujolais. In my opinion, any holiday dedicated to the opportunity to indulge in sweet, chilled red wine is a great holiday!