Jonathan Alsop, founder of the Boston Wine School, joined Callie Crossley on Boston Public Radio to talk Beaujolais wines for Beaujolais Day- a "secret" French holiday that marks the start of a the new French wine vintage.
Beaujolais is a light red grape that is fruity and dry, but not earthy, says Alsop. Here's some recommendations from his notebook:
- "There's Georges Duboeuf and then there's everybody else. King of Beaujolais, famous for making Nouveau famous."
- "Louis Jadot is a huge producer, more noble, less 'everyman' wine that Duboeuf represents."
- Chateau de Pizay
- Albert Bichot
- "Potel-Aviron, my personal favorite small producer of Beaujolais, tastes like a French Pinot Noir"
- "Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly, very rustic and rugged, a little wilder than usual for Beaujolais"