Ah, yes, it's November, time for the biggest stunt in the wine world, when winemakers in the Beaujolais region of northern France release the grapiest, sweetest wines made from grapes picked mere months before.
And this year, Jon Bonné, former Seattle blogger and current wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, has had enough. He's never dumped on the Beaujolais Nouveau fad before -- "like hunting a lame deer," he writes -- but this year's release set him off:
What tripped my wire? Was it the news that [four-star chef] Roland Passot will be delivering a case this evening of the '08 Duboeuf to his San Mateo branch of Left Bank Brasserie ... via vintage fire truck, complete with can-can girls?
Read the full rant here. I snickered all the way until I got to the section on the history and future of the BN phenomenon. Then it got really interesting.
Locally, you can attend a more discreet, and possibly tastier, Beaujolais Nouveau dinner tonight at Maximilien in the Pike Place Market. If you want can-can girls and fire trucks, you're going to have to demand them for next year.