Tonight at the stroke of midnight in France (6 pm here), the 2011 vintage of Beaujolais Nouveau will be released, and people around the globe will raise a glass! What began as local fun after World War II has become a worldwide tradition celebrating the young red wine. Made from the Gamay grape in the Beaujolais region of France, it is fermented for only a few weeks before being released for sale on the third Thursday of November. It is an opportunity to taste wine at it’s most simple, or immature state…and to some that is not appealing. In my opinion, those people just don’t get it…the purpose is to experience the fruity flavor and lightness, and to join in a global celebration! Le Beaujolais est arrivé!