Raise a toast to the 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau

Today is the day, the third Thursday in November — the day France releases the first wine of the new vintage — Beaujolais Nouveau. The economy and our busy lifestyles may have put a crimp in celebrations, and the rush is not as great, but I bet you will see displays when you shop this weekend.

Georges Duboeuf fuels the excitement with his release, which usually floods wine departments. This is the 30th year for Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau. Seems like only yesterday the Caucus Club on Congress was doing a breakfast with the wines.

Expect the price to be about $9.99 and give the bottle a chill. Think Thanksgiving. This fruity red usually satisfies connoisseurs as well as amateurs.