We love November for many reasons. What foodie does not love the traditional Thanksgiving feast? Yes, we often add an interesting twist, one year it was tequila to the turkey, cranberry sauce, gravy and cocktails.

Since our team now resides in Arizona and Florida, we love the cool weather for barbecues, bikes, picnics and hot tubs.

We all anticipate the instant gratification of Beaujolais, old and new. The nouveau, released every year with great fanfare on the third Thursday of November, is a welcome addition to our continuous wine learning and tastings.

My longtime, French born friend, Henri, introduced me to the pleasures of this Gamay grape wine in Paris years ago. He taught me to enjoy this simple, yet delicious young red with cheeses, picnics, soups and many meats, fish and pasta dishes. Yet, since sometimes good things come to those who wait, the classic does have greater presence and staying power from it’s years of aging 10 years or more.

The new wine is a fleeting pleasure, the older wine is a lasting treasure. We joyously celebrate both at this festive holiday season.

Brenda C. Hill
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