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A fresco depicting winegrowers at the town of Marcy, in Beaujolais

As we enter November, the name of one wine region comes to mind more easily than any other: Beaujolais. The third week of the month is when bottles of young Beaujolais start appearing on shelves less than six weeks after harvest. Le Beaujolais Nouveau is both a wine and a tradition: something of a marketing coup that began when Beaujolais wine makers raced to bring their recently made wines to Paris, and drinkers competed to be the first to taste (and pronounce on) the year’s offering. Simple, fruity…

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