The third Thursday of every November marks the annual uncorking of Beaujolais Nouveau. Under French law, new Beaujolais Nouveaus may not be sold until that day. This isn't the highest quality of wine, but the bright and acidic liquid is reason to celebrate the end of the growing season and an invitation to toast the fall bounty, in some ways, just like Thanksgiving.
In France, this holiday rose to fame in the early 1950's when wine makers would race to get to Paris from Beaujolais in carts and cars and carriages. The first to arrive with the wine in hand would sell the most wine and, more importantly, get showered with Champagne. The phrase "Le Beaujolais est arrivé" comes from that racing history.
In Denver and Boulder, several restaurants are pouring Beaujolais Nouveau tonight and in following days until they run out of it. If you want a taste, visit them:
Hudson Hill, 619 E 13th Avenue
The Plimoth, 2335 E 28th Avenue
Postino, 2715 17th Street
Colterra, 210 Franklin Street, Niwot
Oak at Fourteenth, 1400 Pearl Street, Boulder
Mateo, 1837 Pearl Street, Boulder
Brasserie 1010, 1011 Walnut St, Boulder
Table 6, 609 Corona Street
Stoic and Genuine, 1701 Wynkoop Street
Bistro Vendôme, 1420 Larimer Street
Guard & Grace, 1801 California Street