Beaujolais Barbeque

Posted by Dani on June 10, 2013

Beaujolais wine
I have a bit of a soft spot for French wines, since my husband surprised me with a 10th anniversary trip to Paris years ago. For me, any wine with a romantic French name will always remind me of that trip. You can imagine how excited I was to be invited to the Beaujolais Barbeque hosted by the Beaujolais Wine Council. Sitting outdoors on a patio on a beautiful day, sampling delicious barbequed fare, and tasting a selection of Beujolais Crus – that’s my idea of a perfect summer afternoon!

Beaujolais Barbeque

Now, I don’t want to give you the impression I know absolutely anything about wine. Usually the hubby handles all that, and if I ever have to choose a wine myself, I use my tried and true method of picking the cutest label. It’s surprising, actually, how well that works out! The label trick wasn’t necessary this time, since the hosts had arranged a well curated tasting, and the only work for me was to appreciate it.

Beaujolais Barbeque

I learned a lot. For example, the word cru is used to classify French wines into regions. There are 10 Beaulojais Crus, from the northern part of the region. In addition, you will also find Beaujolais Villages and regular Beaujolais, from different areas, as well as the young Beaujolais Nouveau, available soon after harvest in the fall. Most wine types avoid the mass produced Nouveau. According to the Globe and Mail, “Nouveau is to good Beaujolais what Velveeta is to cheese.” Enough said – I’ll be avoiding the Nouveau with all the other in-the-know drinkers from now on.


Beujolais is made from the Gamay grape, thinner-skinned and low in tannin, making it a lighter bodied wine. But here’s what you really need to know: these wines are food-friendly and delicious, perfect for summer drinking. Wine writer Karen Macneil said it best: “Beaujolais is the only white wine that happens to be red.” You can serve Beaujolais slightly chilled, and it’s bright acidity makes it a perfect partner for virtually any food. Barbeque? Check. Seafood? Check. Grilled pizza? Check. Cheese and charcuterie? Check. Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips? Probably. Basically, it’s going to become your go-to wine.

Beaujolais Barbeque

I tasted twelve different wines. Yes, twelve. And although value-conscious, waste-averse side of me insisted on drinking the first 3 glasses, I quickly switched to doing the wine connoisseur swish-and-spit as I saw all the bottles lining up. I had my favourites, but the wines were all surprisingly fresh and delicious. They paired perfectly with the varied dishes on the menu. And the best news is that Beaujolais is incredible value. Most of these were under $20, with the price ranging from around $10 to $25. That’s some of the best value available in a red wine.

For me, Beaujolais feels like it’s made for summer. It’s about things like sunny days and patios, friends and barbeques, and sitting outdoors on the deck or by the lake on a warm night. It’s the perfect girlfriend wine. Try some for yourself. Tell your friends Dani recommended it. And if you find one with a cute label, that’s even better.

Check out another one of our favourite summer drink here.

bottles of Beaujolais



32 Responses to “Beaujolais Barbeque”

  1. paula schuck says:

    Wow. I am impressed. I didn’t know any of that and typically I just leave it all to fate and pick what I fancy at the store. I had no idea Beaujolais was the only white wine that happens to be red. Now, I shall try it. I am typically not a red wine girl. So this gives me pause to think hmmm. perhaps I should give that one another try. Thanks.

  2. Jenn says:

    That looks like a great learning experience! My hubby took me to winery in December and we had an amazing time. We learned so much and appreciate our wine a little more!

    • Dani says:

      Actually, wine tasting is a lot of fun to try, even if you’re not interested in becoming an expert. And it’s always great to make more informed buying decisions, right?

  3. Yummy.

    I wish I could be a more knowledgeable wine person. Next time I go to the wine store, I’ll see if I can find this brand.

  4. Jen says:

    Great information. Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for all the info!

  5. Samara says:

    I am a huge wine lover and really enjoyed this! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Samara says:

    I recently fell in love with ” Moscato ” type wine, i tried the Barefoot brand, I have not heard of the term Moscato before and would love to know more about it if you could

  7. Tia says:

    Huh! Interesting. Don’t know that I’ve had a lot of Beaujolais, but will have to pick some up the next time I’m at the LCBO. I definitely don’t have a lot of wine knowledge, but love learning about it! Even when it’s not champagne.

  8. I like to pair wine with food too – there’s been some hits and some misses I’ll admit – but it’s allll fun!

  9. Learned a few things about wine! I used to enjoy a glass here and there, but my body reacts unfavorably to wine (unfortunately), so it’s off the list. I still try a sip of my hubby’s.

    • Dani says:

      I wonder if you react better to organic or sulphite-free wine? I have some friends who do much better with these wines.

  10. I’m not a wine drinker and I know nothing about the differences between wines, other than some are red and some are white 😉 And I’m TOTALLY a label-buyer – the cuter the label and/or the name, the more likely I am to buy it 🙂

  11. Alex says:

    Oh you don’t have to twist my rubber arm to try a new wine. Sold!

  12. Now THAT sounds like it was a fun time! I pick wine based on the pretty labels…probably not the best idea 🙂

    • Dani says:

      No no, I swear by the label method! I bet there is scientific data that would prove it. We should do some experiments!

  13. Monica says:

    We always stock up on the Beaujolais Nouveau on the third Thursday of November when it is released…we also serve it chilled. I love it and look forward to having it each year.

    • Dani says:

      I have had a few people recommend it now – I’ll have to remember to pick some up to try next fall. Thanks for visiting!

  14. Chr says:

    Well Dani,
    I must say I am a bit of a wine snob and have been stuck on California Cabs for the last 5 years. However, if my hubby ever surprises me with a trip to Paris — which I continue to hint about — I may just change my tune!!
    Have a great weekend!!
    Christine xo

    • Dani says:

      Thanks Christine! Feel free to use my husband-surprise-trip-to-paris story to peer pressure your hubby. You can even exaggerate it as much as you like. Anything to help a blogger friend get to Paris 😉

  15. Sounds like a wonderful afternoon! Beaujolais Nouveau just sounds so sophisticated. I will have to keep it on my radar!

  16. This is such an interesting post! I love French wines and I’ve been looking out for a really good wine since I moved to England! I’m going to keep an eye out for this one for sure!

    • Dani says:

      Thanks for visiting! I wonder what the wine selection is like in England? Hopefully being close to great European wine countries has its advantages 😉

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