Beaujolais Nouveau, or New Beaujolais, is the first wine of the season, a taste of things to come. Grapes are harvested and pressed in September and October, then casked for the long haul ' most of the more expensive Beaujolais won't be released until the spring or later. But the first crush, a limited bottling, is raced to Paris, then to every corner of the imbibing world on November 17.
Fruity and fresh, Beaujolais Nouveau is pressed from the Gamay grape, the varietal used in all Beaujolais wines. Most years Lafayette wine sellers offer a multitude of brands, and wine lovers pop multiple corks at tastings. This year however, Hurricane Katrina crashed the party. New Orleans is a port of entry of imported wines and wholesale distributors. With shops and restaurants shuttered and shipping containers still tied up, many wine orders ' including some for the new Beaujolais ' were canceled.
This year, only one label, Georges Duboeuf, has arrived on the shelves of Lafayette shops, and it's in limited quantity. "I had only 10 cases, and they were gone, poof!" says Philippe Simon, owner of Philippe's Wine Cellar. This year's wine is unusually heavy and dark, with far more body than traditional Beaujolais Nouveau. But it's still meant to be enjoyed immediately. Drink it now, because by New Year it will be gone.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, December 10, 2013:
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The Cane Fire Film Series will be screening The Savoy King, a feature documentary on Swing-era drummer-bandleader Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, and Harlems Savoy Ballroom.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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Some of the many events taking place this weekend include The Festival of Light and the Fire & Water Festival.
Appropriate for the season of giving, exhibit features behind-the-scenes images of beloved icon.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 12 this week to 1,775.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 1,850 from the previous week's total of 2,854. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 4,048.