Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau locally

A new season of the famed young, French wine Beaujolais Nouveau has been uncorked.

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Winemakers and sellers traditionally uncork the season’s Beaujolais with feasting and fanfare on the third Thursday of November.

The famous wine, made from the gamay grape, was flown abroad after being harvested only two months ago in the French Beaujolais region.

Beaujolais 2021

Beaujolais 2021

Beaujolais 2021

Beaujolais, a region spanning 34 miles north of Lyon, has spent decades marketing its wines globally. It now exports to more than 110 countries.

Despite being made from the same grape, the taste varies from one winegrower to another.

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Traditionally the wine is only allowed to be sold after midnight on the third Thursday of November.

Local business owners Verne and Karen Goodsell have been celebrating with the young wine each November for about 30 years after they took a trip to France.

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Goodsell says, “It goes back in as tradition was a celebration of a successful harvest. And so if you trace it back to our roots, you know, when we really had to have successful harvest in order for the community or small village to have enough food for the rest of the winter into next year is that this was a celebration and thanks. But it started out just as a small little village type wine that you might have here in some type of boutique brewery for a beer, and then it just keeps expanding.”

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Goodsell says that the wine often has a fruity taste and is easy to drink. It goes well with Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration meals and pairs well with fine cheeses.

He also mentions that the wine is inexpensive and should be carried by most liquor stores.

Winemaker George Duboeuf comes out with a popular and varied label each year, which now is a contest. Verne has been collecting the ties for many years.

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