A Night for Beaujolais


There are two types of Friday nights. Those when you’re ready to pass out and those when you’re ready to let loose. A dark, full-bodied Cab is great for a cozy night at home. But, a night out calls for something a little more lively. Which is why you typically reach for a white or sparkling. Fret no more, red lovers. There’s a Friday-night-get-loose-wine for you. The grape’s Gamay, the label says Beaujolais.

We’re not talking about Beaujolais Nouveau, a young wine that is bottled and drank right after harvest. But we’re talking about Cru Beaujolais. The Beaujolais Crus (there are ten of them) are just south of Burgundy and produce wines that are light, acidic and fruity.

This 2012 Roland Pignard Morgon is one of my favorites. It does the trick on a Friday night that is about to get turnt or anytime an invigorating red wine is needed. It’s light, juicy and acidic. It dances around on your tongue.

There’s cranberry, cherry, and floral. It’s easy drinking, but exciting. And always best served slightly chilled.

It’s a wine to reignite a Friday night, to drink all night long.

And won’t make you feel like wearing flannel pants, furry slippers and watching the Golden Girls…

Roland Pignard
Variety: Gamay
Vintage: 2012
Region: Morgon, Beaujolais
Price: About $18

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