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Corks pop around the world as Beaujolais Nouveau arrives

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Surely Japan is the only country that still fetes the arrival of this over-plugged anemic plonk? Most other countries gave up the hype years ago.

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I think the enjoyment of an unaged wine by a group of people who are just doing it because of advertising is amazing, I am sure that many toilets will also appreciate their efforts tomorrow. They will looking forward to next years releases both in and out.

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with the yen at almost 150 to the euro and dropping like a stone everyday, I hope they enjoy their overpriced rubbish plonk!

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Post your overpriced Beaujolais findings here. It could be interesting.

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Plonkers

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As Shakespeare would say : "Much ado about nothing..."

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Isn't it the height of senselessness to put a cork in a wine meant to be opened and drank as soon as possible?

Many wine experts claim a screw cap does the job of keeping wine much better, with no risk of a rancid cork tainting the taste of the wine. For Beaujolais, why would they use anything else?

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This is the result of a very clever marketing campaign. I've had much better reds than this and also cheaper. I can. Only imagine how much the sales would improve in Japan if they had Pokemon on the label too.

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Chacun son goût! every (wo)man to his taste.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Beaujolais Nouveau screw cap? Curious title JT.

Despite wine being a huge commodity in Japan, I have to say a great many (if not most) Japanese consumers are incredibly unknowledgeable. I'll never forget a very generous host here pulling a Chateau Palmer out of the fridge and uncorking it for us, icy cold. I don't want to sound ungrateful or mean as it was such a kind gesture. If people wanna drink cheap convenience store reds chilled, who cares? But a $900 bottle of fine wine? It's kinda like making burger patties out of Wagyu eye filets,

We all know Japanese are guilty of sheepism. J-Pop, need I say more. But with Beaujolais Nouveau they take it to a new level. I agree with most posters here, it's nasty stuff. Gamay grapes don't make nice wine and it says much that those wines don't improve with age. People excitedly jumping on the annual BN bandwagon is just one big face palm.

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If the two lovely ladies in the pic wanted to share a bottle with me of course I'd oblige! Other than that, this stuff I'd only consider using as an honest, workmanlike cooking wine.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Beaujolais Nouveau screw cap? Curious title JT

Ah, yes. And the title: "Unscrew a Beaujolais" might give the game away.

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@yabits

Corks pop around the world as Beaujolais Nouveau arrives

Clearly we're not looking at the same thing...

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Really can't stand these foreign people who think they are oh-so-more-sophisticated than Japanese people because they think Beaujolais nouveau is bad.

It's a little bit of fun... had a glass or two with Japanese friends this evening and it was quite drinkable... fun evening with nice company and a little bit of wine... happy!!! (to use the favorite musical word of this year)

As I said on another thread, I would love to put these foreign "wine experts" into a blind tasting of wines ranging from 500 yen to 10,000 yen... I am almost certain they would be eating humble pie...

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who gives a f$#&? it's just plonk. just drink it and get the gout

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@choiwaruoyaji

Really can't stand these resident gaijins who are over-sensitive and apologetic to anything slightly critical of anything Japanese.

think they are oh-so-more-sophisticated than Japanese people because they think Beaujolais nouveau is bad

Not the case at all. You've totally missed the point. Getting excited about something that is commonly considered a poor product is sheepish and naïve.

had a glass or two with Japanese friends this evening and it was quite drinkable

Congratulations

As I said on another thread, I would love to put these foreign "wine experts" into a blind tasting of wines ranging from 500 yen to 10,000 yen

Speaking for myself, I'm certainly no "expert" or even a connoisseur but I'm pretty confident I'd notice the differences in your little test, as long as the wine price accurately represented its quality. That disqualifies Beaujolais Nouveau immediately.

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As I said on another thread, I would love to put these foreign "wine experts" into a blind tasting of wines ranging from 500 yen to 10,000 yen... I am almost certain they would be eating humble pie...

I drink a glass of red wine nearly once a day. Before a blind tasting, I would need to see the labels -- not the prices -- of the wines in the test. There are some expensive bottles of certain types that don't suit my taste. But I would wager that if Beaujolais were among them, I would be able to pick it out pretty easily.

Getting excited about something that is commonly considered a poor product is sheepish and naïve.

Right on. I can enjoy a glass of Beaujolais every few years, but the mind boggles at the fuss the Japanese make over it, and more so the prices they are willing to pay for it.

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Had some tonight.

I'm just grateful I didn't pay for it.

It's crap!

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There are some expensive bottles of certain types that don't suit my taste.

wanker

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Bigger news than in France.

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Everyplace has its fads...this is one of Japan. That being said its not the best wine. Too bad Japan did not get the Malbec fad like the Europeans and US did. Much better red wine if you ask me. But hey, to those who enjoy a good ole Beaujolais by all means have a glass or two and ignore those who want to rain on your thing.

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Anyone wonder why there is a small child swimming in that pool holding a clear cup of red liquid? is he also drinking wine or the pool?

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It s fine if you buy it cheap, no issue to me as Frenchman. 10 years, in France, we were drinking it at office with bread and pate. That s part of appreciation of wine as a throat refresher, not deluxe liquid. Enjoy !

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Not a fan.

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Beaujolais nouveau is an abomination

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Jump on the bandwagon because the media told you so!

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Ugh! SO overrated!

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All the French producers of this cheap, overrated grape-juice must be laughing their heads off at being able to successfully peddle B.N to the Japanese market

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This wine seems to really hit a few nerves! The BN banquets I attend are always lighthearted and fun, everyone agrees the drink is quite rubbish but it's perfectly drinkable. Do you get this worked up over hotdog or chili competitions as well? Hardly the most refined, but it's all in good fun. I wasn't aware the wine was expensive though, I don't think it ever crossed my mind to buy a bottle to drink at home.

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I wasn't aware the wine was expensive

My local booze outlet was taking 'discount' orders at ¥2000 a bottle, which is not the kind of price I would want to pay for stuff that's no more than 'drinkable'. If that's how people want to spend their money that's up to them, but I'm happy with 4 or 5 bottles of plonk for the same price.

The funniest thing was a few years ago when a local shop (which has since not surprisingly gone out of business) was selling 'Vintage Beaujolais Nouveau' at ¥3,500 a bottle.

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If people enjoy themselves who gives a toss. So many moaning minnies here, drinking this plonk is not compulsary.

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@cleo

a local shop (which has since not surprisingly gone out of business) was selling 'Vintage Beaujolais Nouveau' at ¥3,500 a bottle.

Haha! I bet a few people bought them as they age so well! Hope they kept them dry and cool in the cellar.

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