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Beaujolais Nouveau Day, an early Black Friday

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Beaujolais Nouveau Day, an early Black Friday

On Thursday at midnight, Beaujolais Nouveau hits the market.  This is a young wine produced from gamay grapes in the Burgundy region of France.  The wine is, as it were, the "first-fruits" of the vendanges or grape harvest, a time of festivity and communal hard work at vineyards from September to October.  The grapes are harvested by many hands and then pressed, after which the juice is fermented then given 6 to 8 weeks to mature.  Upon reaching its (youthful) maturity, Beaujolais Nouveau is bottled and then released at midnight on the third Thursday in November. Back in the 1980s, marketers turned the annual debut of Beaujolais nouveau into a big event especially in...

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