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Celebrate French culture and wine
Image Wikipedia originally posted to Flickr as Beaujolais Nouveau photo by Hajime Nakano
The wine only ferments for a few weeks before being bottled and hitting the wine stores.
But the government decrees that is cannot be sold until the third Thursday of November at precisely12:01 a.m.
On that day as wine lovers say joyously "Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!" and it is a great excuse for a party.
It isn't just about Beaujolais Nouveau it is because it is the first harvest of the year. Some people believe that if this first wine is good then an excellent season will follow and that is cause for celebration.
In France, and in many places around the world, wine stores, wine bars, and restaurants proclaim the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau, wine made of grapes that were still on the vine only three months earlier.