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As noted last week, I will be traveling in Australia and New Zealand this month. Accordingly, I'm distributing The 30 Second Wine Advisor in text form only, and editions may be shorter than usual or off schedule, although I'll try to stick as close to our standard Monday distribution as I can. Please note that I may not be able to respond quickly to E-mail, and I will not be able to accommodate administrative requests - including address changes, unsubscribe requests and the like - until I return home at the end of the month. I appreciate your patience, and look forward to sending you reports on my wine-tasting adventures Down Under.

30 Second Wine Tasting Tip:
November and thoughts on Beaujolais

In less than two weeks, much of the wine-loving world will be inundated with the annual uproar about the arrival of the Nouveau Beaujolais, billed as the world's first wine made from the new year's vintage.

This isn't quite accurate - if nothing else, it ignores the Southern Hemisphere wines made from grapes harvested in March and April - but, as I've always said, if nothing else, the arrival of each year's Nouveau is as good an excuse as any for an autumn party.

Wine Lovers' Page columnist Sheral Schowe has written on Nouveau this week, so rather than go into detail here, I'll simply refer you to her article,

As the Thanksgiving Day holiday approaches in the U.S., however, I'd like to repeat a piece of advice I've given before: There's almost no better match for the traditional holiday turkey feast than Beaujolais! Even a grapey, fruity new Nouveau will do, but in my opinion it's better still to uncork a bottle of the region's finer stuff, one of the so-called Beaujolais "Grand Cru" wines.

Ten specific villages in the Beaujolais region are so well-regarded that their wines are sold under the village names rather than the generic "Beaujolais." Here's the roster: Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Côte de Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent, Régnié and Saint-Amour.

Like the Nouveau, the generic Beaujolais and somewhat more upscale Beaujolais-Villages, the "Grand Crus" are made from the Gamay grape and share Beaujolais's customary ripe, soft, and fruity character. But they add an intriguing complexity that you won't find in the simpler wines; and for a holiday dinner, that's well worth seeking out and paying a little extra to enjoy.

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30 Second Tasting Notes:
A first-rate Beaujolais
Cote du Brouilly Nicole Chanrion 1997 Domaine de la Voûte des Crozes Cote du Brouilly ($13.99)
Dark garnet, with delicious, complex aromas of strawberries with earthy and herbal notes of tarragon. Bright, peppery fruit and herbs make a wine that's refreshing but worthy of more attention than just casual sipping. U.S. importer: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, Berkeley, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2000)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with a quick cabbage-and-beef stir-fry tossed with pasta.

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Vol. 2, No. 42, Nov. 6, 2000

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