It’s a French tradition to break out the vin nouveau (a wine harvested and released in the same year) on the third Thursday in November each year. Conveniently, this falls exactly one week before Thanksgiving, which perfectly aligns with the type of wine you’ll want to drink right now. This Nouveau beauty is a chilled red wonder! Jam-packed with vibrant red fruit flavors, tons of minerality, and a seriously California vibe coming from dry farmed, old vine Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Charbono (one of the early and oldest vine plantings in America). This wine is typically released to celebrate the end of harvest – and it comes to us from NorCal, Mendocino to be exact, so it’s local beauty to boot!
This one sells out quickly - so jump on this quick if you want in on the Nouveau fun this year.
Nouveau wines are kind of like liquid cranberry sauce, so they pair beautifully with the typical Thanksgiving spread – think turkey, cranberry, and stuffing. This blend of grape varieties makes for a plush, but zippy wine that also pairs nicely with appetizer-type foods. It’s fabulous with a whole range of charcuterie and cheeses. Since the tannins are relatively low, this wine’s fruit is able to pair with stronger flavors without becoming astringent. Serve chilled.
Las Jaras works with organically farmed vineyard sites to produce wines with tons of character and vibrant flavors. As a joint project between winemaker Joel Burt and comedian/foodie/wine obsessed Eric Wareheim, the wines from these two are at the forefront of the “cool kids” wine styles. Super natural, using mostly spontaneous fermentation, and traditional winemaking methods, these wines make you feel good before, during, and after.