Your Friday French Fundamentals: Vin de Primeur

November 16th, 2012

vin de pri·meur [vE~ də prē'mər]

The mix-up: The name might give the impression of representing a wine that has reached its prime.
Actual meaning: A vin de primeur, or nouveau, is a young French wine that is sold in the same year in which it was harvested.
Food for thought: Beaujolais Nouveau is the most popular vin de primeur. It is fermented for just a few weeks before being released on the third Thursday of November, making it a natural anchor to a Thanksgiving meal.
 
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