“According to tradition, at one minute after midnight on the third Thursday of each November, winemakers in France release their first vintage of the year, Beaujolais Nouveau, with much celebration,” said Jim Kennedy, chair of the Viticulture and Enology department at Fresno State.
The winery, the first bonded commercial winery to operate on a university campus in the nation, is one of only a handful of wineries outside France to produce Nouveau-style wines. “These wines are some of the most interesting wines we make,” says Fresno State Winemaker John Giannini. “Students in our production class produce these wines in less than eight weeks when most wines take 12 months or more. Even better is the fact that these wines pair perfectly with many holiday entrees.”