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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Burgers & Beaujolais

Last night I had the honor of participating with the Wine Twits in their summer tasting event BURGERS WITH A SIDE OF BEAUJOLAIS!

Georges Duboeuf’s Export Director Yann Bourigault and Chef Bob Waggoner, of PBS’s Ucook with Chef Bob, hosted a live Beaujolais and Burger Event which was streamed out to hundreds of other tastemakers from around the country. Chef Bob will demonstrated three mouthwatering burger creations, and Yann will pair each burger with a fantastic Beaujolais from the cellar of Georges Duboeuf. Tastemakers were encouraged to try out the fabulous burger recipes and pair them with exciting french wines while they tweeted away with other participants across the country.

I found this an exciting opportunity because I don't drink a lot of french wine. I tend to frequent local vineyards and I have some Californian favorites, so this event was going to introduce me to a whole new selection of wines that I wouldn't have normally picked up on my own. The first wine that we tried, and the one that I'll be talking about today is Georges Duboeuf - 2009 Beaujolais-Villages.

Beaujolais-VillagesFrench wines are labeled by appellation, not varietal.  The Beaujolais Villages AOC includes 39 communities in the Haut Beaujolais, which is the northern part of the region. The most common grape grown in Beaujolais is the low tannin Gamay, and makes up 100% of the Georges Duboeuf - 2009 Beaujolais-Villages Wine.  Beaujolais tends to be a very light-bodied red wine, with relatively high amounts of acidity, and this one has an alcohol content of 12.5%.  Beaujolais-Villages is meant to be drunk young.

Tasting Notes Kristen: The deep reddish blue color of the wine is lovely, it has a slightly floral nose that reminded me of a dry meadow. On first sip the high acidity is what struck me most, I found it thin in the mouth, but the flavor rounds out with light red fruits and soft tannins. My impressions of this wine consistently included words like smooth, soft, and rounded. Overall I found it to be a pleasant, easy to drink accompaniment to a meal.

Tasting Notes Geordon: Slighly tannic, but not oaky. That decreased after letting breathe.
Pleasant aroma, but not terribly memorable. Fruity, though rather nondescript on my palate. "soft" flavors. Not harsh or bold, felt like it had rounded edges, rather than hard corners.

Disclaimer: Wine Twits sent me three bottles of Georges Duboeuf wines for the event, with no requirement for a review. Opinions expressed in this post are purely those of the authors. All wine consumed by and tasted entirely by persons over the age of 21. This information is intended for those of legal drinking age, and is for entertainment purposes only. The author advocates moderation and caution when drinking and this Wine Wednesday is in no way intended to promote binge-drinking, alcoholism, underage drinking, hazing, drunk driving, or any other form of alcohol abuse.





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