Beaujolais day: time to celebrate!

Beaujolais is released around the world on 21 November – here’s how to mark the occasion and enjoy the day in style

Three bottles of Beaujolais nouveau

The celebrations fall on the third Thursday of November. Image credit Hajime Nakano

It’s that time of year again – at a minute past midnight on 21 November, the first eagerly anticipated bottles of Beaujolais nouveau will be opened across the world.

For Cardiffians wishing to celebrate their own Francophile Beaujolais nouveau evening, Gilbert Viader of Viader Vintners advises: “Make it fun and don’t be too ambitious.” Beaujolais is a fun wine, he says, so aim for a light, relaxed evening.

Prices per bottle range from around £8 to £30 for the more expensive varieties.

For food, starters often include Vichyssoise soup or, for the adventurous, snail fricassee. This can be followed by traditional French dishes like steak au poivre or beef bourguignon.

Add in some Serge Gainsbourg (or a friend with an accordion) and you’re all set to enjoy the evening in style.