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Beaujolais Wine Pairings for July 4th

Yesterday was the special Beaujolais twitter tasting event, Red, White, and Beaujolais: Celebrate the 4th with Refreshing Wines. Visit the Discover Beaujolais website for a replay of Cover It Live. Four different Beaujolais wines were tasted over a 1½ hours. Here on the East Coast the event started at 7:00 pm. We wanted to share the experience with others and invited two other couples to share the wine tasting.

Beaujolais wines are not as well known as other wines. Beaujolais region is located in France south of the Burgundy wine region. The primary varietal grape in Beaujolais is Gamay.

The wines were light to medium bodied and perfect for warm summer days. It was interesting to note that two of the corks were synthetic, rather a surprise from France which is often thought to be steeped in tradition. The wines paired well with salmon, barbecued hamburgers, chicken and sausage.

Our guests enjoyed all of the wines and there were only positive comments about all four wines. The favorite wine was Beaujolais-villages, Chateau Luc du Tracot 2009.

If you are interested in Beaujolais wines for July 4th or anytime, here is a list of the ones we tasted.

2010 Rosé d’ Folie, Terres Dorées, Jean-Paul Brun ($14.99)
2009 Beaujolais Blanc, Georges Duboeuf, a Chardonnay ($11.95)
2009 Beaujolais-Villages, Chateau Luc du Tracot ($11.95)
2010 Chiroubles, Damien Coquelet ($18.99)

Many thanks to John Slighte from Social Media Group who asked us to participate in this Beaujolais wine tasting.

Enjoy the 4th of July with a glass of wine!

Cheers, Kathy

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