Domaine Dupeuble Père et Fils 2008 Beaujolais Nouveau ($12.99)
Clear, dark purple, with a clear violet edge. Very forward ripe-strawberry aromas, reaching toward banana but not quite getting there, thankfully. Juicy and fresh strawberries on the palate, nicely framed by mouth-watering acidity. A simple wine, as you expect of Nouveau, but well out front of the more familiar mass-market brands for style and balance, and pleasantly quaffable at an old-fashioned 12.5% alcohol. US Importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Nov 25, 2008)

FOOD MATCH: Perhaps mostly because Nouveau's arrival coincides with the American Thanksgiving holiday, it's often recommended for service with the holiday feast. I don't entirely disagree: Its light, fruity style works with light and dark turkey meat. It was awfully good, also, with a simple meatless dinner of spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce frozen from last summer's garden.



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