Beaujolais & Food Pairings


Beaujolais is a light red wine made with Gamay Noir grapes. It features tart cherry, cranberry and raspberry flavours, along with notes of smoke, violet, bubblegum and mushroom. Low in tannin and high in acidity, Beaujolais is the perfect pairing for lighter simple fare, such as Hamburgers, Tuna Fish Sandwiches, French Onion Soup, Chicken Wings, Chicken Pot Pie, Brunch, Pad Thai, Chili, or Sausage. Basically, any light meal has a spot at the table for a glass of Beaujolais served lightly chilled.

In a previous blog, we also discussed Beaujolais Nouveau, which is a wine released on the third Thursday in November to celebrate the first vintage of the year and is heavily marketed as a fun event. Beaujolais differs from Beaujolais Nouveau in that with Beaujolais, you’ll find more personality, with its subtle flavours of bubblegum, smoke, violet and banana. There is also Beaujolais Cru, which, while still not expensive, are a bit more pricier and will feature even deeper flavours. We will do a separate blog on Beaujolais Cru in the near future.

Beaujolais

Grilled Hamburgers with Ketchup & Beaujolais


Plain Hamburgers will pair with pretty much any wine, but when it comes to toppings, this is where things get trickier. Ketchup is an acidic condiment, and when paired against red wines with a lot of tannin, it makes the wine taste metallic. Beaujolais with its high acidity holds its own, and complement the fruity ketchup flavours. Meanwhile the smokey and mushroom notes of Beaujolais further enhance the meal.

Grilled Sausage on a Bun & Beaujolais


Grilled Sausage is another meal that often involves toppings, such as ketchup, mustard, grilled onions, mushrooms or sauerkraut. Beaujolais lack of tannin, means it won’t have to fight with the acidic vinegar in the Mustard, or against the zing of Sauerkraut. Instead you’ll find unity as the flavours of the wine and grilled sausage blend together in perfect harmony.

Typically when we have Grilled Sausage on a bun, it’s in the early afternoon or summer sun like at a Ballgame, before a concert, at a BBQ, etc. The low alcohol of Beaujolais allows this wine to offer a sense of refreshment, and you can go about enjoying the festivities without being day drunk and dehydrated.

Spicy Chicken Wings & Beaujolais


With its crisp acidity, and low alcohol content, Beaujolais is perfect for spicy hot chicken wings. The caspian content in hot sauce will only burn hotter when you throw alcohol on it for fuel. Thus, you want a lower in alcohol red like Beaujolais, where the fruitiness of the wine comes off as refreshing and whisks both the sauce and the greasiness of the Chicken Wings away.

We also love how the subtle smoky flavours of Beaujolais complement most hot sauces you will encounter.

Tuna Fish Sandwiches & Beaujolais


Beaujolais is the ultimate picnic wine. It’s light, fruity, and low in alcohol, which is exactly what you want in a picnic wine, as getting tipsy and dehydrated in the hot sun is never fun. Canned Tuna is particularly difficult to pair with, as tannin makes the meat taste tinny. Fortunately, with Beaujolais, there’s a lack of tannin, so it will pair up nicely with a freshly made tuna fish sandwich. Meanwhile, the acidity in the wine cuts right through the rich mayonnaise, that coats your tongue and whisks those tastebud clotting fats away. This all makes for a frisky pairing that will make for a great afternoon out in the sun.

And no worries, no matter what the sandwich you pack in your picnic basket, it’s almost guaranteed Beaujolais will pair well, whether it be Ham & Cheese, Salmon, Turkey or Roast beef.

Quiche & Beaujolais Pairing


Quiche is usually part of an ensemble meal, like a at a brunch or picnic, where you enjoy it with a wide variety of foods. Beaujolais, with its crisp acidity cuts through the rich and creamy texture of Quiche. Meanwhile, the food-friendly nature of Beaujolais ensures it will pair up with dozens of other dishes at your bruch or picnic with ease, such as bacon, breakfast sausage, egg salad sandwiches or salmon.
 
 

VarietalFoodRating
(Out of 5)
Beaujolais, CruCharcuterie5
Beaujolais, CruHam4.5
BeaujolaisHamburgers with Ketchup4.5
BeaujolaisPâté4.5
Beaujolais, CruPork4.5
BeaujolaisSalad4.5
BeaujolaisGrilled Sausage4.5
BeaujolaisSaucisson4.5
BeaujolaisTuna4
BeaujolaisCold Chicken4
BeaujolaisSalmon Burgers4
BeaujolaisMeatloaf4
BeaujolaisMiddle Eastern Cuisine4
BeaujolaisTurkey4
BeaujolaisCoq Au Vin4
BeaujolaisWhite Chocolate4
BeaujolaisOnion4
BeaujolaisTurkey Roasted4
BeaujolaisGrilled Chicken4
BeaujolaisPork4
BeaujolaisBacon4
BeaujolaisVeal4
BeaujolaisRoasted Chicken4
BeaujolaisPork Roasted4
Beaujolais, CruHabanero Chilie4
BeaujolaisVegetarian Dishes4
BeaujolaisChili4
BeaujolaisPot Au Feu4
BeaujolaisChicken Wings4
Beaujolais, CruFrench Onion Soup4
BeaujolaisCorned Beef4
BeaujolaisRabbit4
BeaujolaisBrie Cheese4
Beaujolais, CruProsciutto wrapped Roasted Chicken4
Beaujolais VillagesCorned Beef4
Beaujolais VillagesRaspberries4
BeaujolaisCamembert Cheese4
BeaujolaisTuna Salad Sandwich4
BeaujolaisGrilled Duck4
BeaujolaisChicken Salad4
BeaujolaisEmmental Cheese4
Beaujolais VillagesHare4
BeaujolaisQuiche4
BeaujolaisSalami4
BeaujolaisFeta Cheese4
Beaujolais, CruHare Casserole4
BeaujolaisEthiopian Cuisine4
BeaujolaisHam and Cheese Sandwich (Gruyere)4
BeaujolaisMuenster Cheese4
Beaujolais, CruHare Stew4
Beaujolais VillagesEthiopian Cuisine4
BeaujolaisRoast Beef Sandwich4
BeaujolaisRaclette Cheese4
Beaujolais VillagesMozzarella Tomato Salad4
BeaujolaisIndian Cuisine4
BeaujolaisTurkey Sandwich4
BeaujolaisSaint-Nectaire Cheese4
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CrusFlank Steak with Shallots4
Beaujolais VillagesIndian Cuisine4
BeaujolaisFrench Onion Soup4
BeaujolaisVacherin Cheese4
BeaujolaisPrawns with Avacado4
BeaujolaisKidneys4
BeaujolaisSteak Tartare4
BeaujolaisCherry4
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CrusChicken Nuggets4
BeaujolaisLiver4
BeaujolaisTeriyaki4
BeaujolaisChicken4
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CrusChicken Knuckles4
BeaujolaisMacaroni and Cheese4
BeaujolaisChicken Kiev3.5
BeaujolaisBérnaise3.5
BeaujolaisCranberries and Cranberry Sauce3.5
BeaujolaisSteak Well Done3.5
BeaujolaisHunan Cuisine3.5
BeaujolaisFourme D'ambert Cheese3.5
BeaujolaisPoutine3.5
BeaujolaisTurkey Sausage3.5
BeaujolaisCreole Cuisine3.5
BeaujolaisSteak Medium Well3.5
BeaujolaisJapanese Cuisine3.5
Beaujolais, CruMorbier Cheese3.5
BeaujolaisMussels in a Tomato Broth3.5
BeaujolaisChicken Sausage3.5
BeaujolaisCrudité3.5
BeaujolaisAvocado3.5
BeaujolaisStew3.5
BeaujolaisMackerel3.5
BeaujolaisPort Salut Cheese3.5
BeaujolaisSpicy Sausage3.5
BeaujolaisRed Currants3.5
BeaujolaisBarbecue3.5
BeaujolaisStrawberries3.5
BeaujolaisMexican Cuisine3.5
BeaujolaisSbrinz Cheese3.5
Beaujolais, CruValdeon Cheese3.5
BeaujolaisShepherd's Pie3.5
BeaujolaisBeef Curry Dishes3.5
BeaujolaisBeef3.5
BeaujolaisStrawberry Desserts3.5
BeaujolaisWild Mushrooms3.5
BeaujolaisHerbed Chicken3.5
BeaujolaisManhattan Clam Chowder (Tomato Based)3.5
BeaujolaisLamb Curry Dishes3.5
BeaujolaisBeef Boiled3.5
BeaujolaisSweetbreads3.5
BeaujolaisNuts3.5
BeaujolaisChicken Pot Pie3.5
BeaujolaisPea Soup3.5
BeaujolaisEggs and Egg Based Dishes3.5
BeaujolaisBeef Braised3.5
BeaujolaisSzechuan Food3.5
BeaujolaisRed Bell Pepper3.5
BeaujolaisTandoori Chicken3.5
BeaujolaisSoy Sauce3.5
BeaujolaisOmelette3.5
BeaujolaisCold Beef3.5
BeaujolaisTex Mex Cuisine3.5
BeaujolaisGreen Bell Pepper3.5
BeaujolaisRaisins3.5
Beaujolais VillagesChicken Tikka Masala3.5
BeaujolaisSpinach3.5
BeaujolaisEnchiladas3.5
BeaujolaisBerries3.5
BeaujolaisThai Cuisine3.5
BeaujolaisCaesar Salad3.5
BeaujolaisChiles3.5
BeaujolaisSquab3.5
BeaujolaisFajitas3.5
BeaujolaisBreakfast3.5
BeaujolaisTuna Casserole3.5
BeaujolaisCobb Salad3.5
BeaujolaisChinese Cuisine Spicy3.5
BeaujolaisSquid3.5
BeaujolaisFish3.5
BeaujolaisBrunch3.5
BeaujolaisTurkey Leftovers3.5
BeaujolaisSalmon3.5
BeaujolaisClams3.5
BeaujolaisSteak3.5
BeaujolaisGreek Cuisine3.5
BeaujolaisCapers3.5
BeaujolaisVegetarian Dishes Grilled3.5
BeaujolaisSalmon with Grilled Red Onions3.5
Beaujolais VillagesClams3.5
BeaujolaisSteak Cold3.5
BeaujolaisGrilled Dishes3.5
BeaujolaisCatfish3.5
BeaujolaisZucchini3.5
Beaujolais, CruChicken Kiev3.5
BeaujolaisSandwiches3.5
BeaujolaisCod3.5
BeaujolaisSteak Frites3.5
BeaujolaisHerbed Dishes3.5
BeaujolaisBaby Bel Cheese3.5
BeaujolaisGrilled Vegetable Sandwich3.5
BeaujolaisBLT3.5
BeaujolaisCoriander3.5
BeaujolaisSteak Flank3.5
BeaujolaisHorseradish3.5
BeaujolaisCantal Cheese3.5
BeaujolaisGrilled Cheese Sandwich3.5
BeaujolaisCroque Moniesur3.5
BeaujolaisCornish Game Hen3.5
BeaujolaisSteak Hanger3.5
BeaujolaisHot Dogs3.5
Beaujolais, CruChevre Cheese3.5
BeaujolaisSeafood Macaroni and Cheese2.5

 
 

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