Beaujolais Villages pairs best with lighter fare, such as Hamburgers, Turkey Sandwiches, Chicken Wings, Lazy Brunch Buffets, Picnic Potlucks, Pad Tai and Sausage on a bun. Beaujolais Villages is a light red wine from France that is made with Gamay Noir grape and is often considered the ‘Poor Man’s Burgundy’ due to its inexpensive cost. Beaujolais Villages features tart cherry, cranberry, strawberry and raspberry flavours, along with hints of bubblegum, banana, violet, candy apple, mushroom and smoke. If you don’t like the funkier flavours of Beaujolais Villages, serve it lightly chilled to mute them.

Best Wine with Beaujolais Villages

Beaujolais CruCharcuterie
Chénas - Beaujolais CruPizza with Chicken, Sausage & Mushrooms
Chénas - Beaujolais CruVeal Chops in a Cream Sauce with Mushrooms
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruCorned Beef and Cabbage
Beaujolais CruHam
BeaujolaisHamburgers with Ketchup and mushrooms
Beaujolais CruPork
BeaujolaisGrilled Sausage
BeaujolaisVeggie Burgers
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruChicken Teriyaki
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruAndouille Sausage
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruAndouille Sausage
Côtes d'Auvergne - BeaujolaisAndouille Sausage
Chénas - Beaujolais CruChorizo Sausage
Chénas - Beaujolais CruAndouille Sausage
Chénas - Beaujolais CruChicken with Mushroom Sauce
Chénas - Beaujolais CruCrocodile Steak
Chénas - Beaujolais CruPork with Mushrooms
Chénas - Beaujolais CruHot Turkey Sandwich covered with Gravy
Chénas - Beaujolais CruRabbit With Chanterelles and Cream Sauce
Chénas - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl stuffed with Mushrooms
Chénas - Beaujolais CruAuvergne Sausage
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruAuvergne Sausage
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruMorcilla - Black Pudding
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruBrie Cheese
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruCapon with Forester Sauce
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruChicken with Mushroom Sauce
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruChicken Pot Pie
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruChicken with Fennel
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruComté Cheese
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl in Forester Sauce
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruNeufchâtel cheese
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruTurkey Club Sandwich
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruPork Roasted
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruBraised Rabbit
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruGrilled Pork Chops
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruHam
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruHam Sandwich
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruChicken Fingers
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl stuffed with Mushrooms
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruTurkey
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruPizza Margherita
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruQuail Stuffed with Mushrooms
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruVeal Liver with Bacon
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruCorned Beef and Cabbage
Côte de Brouilly - Beaujolais CruCorned Beef and Cabbage
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruCorned Beef and Cabbage
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruIndian Cuisine Milder Dishes
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruBlood Sausage
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruMorcilla - Black Pudding
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruQuiche Lorraine
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruOsso Buco
Beaujolais CruHabanero Chilie
Beaujolais VillagesPenne alla Vodka
BeaujolaisChicken Wings
BeaujolaisBrie Cheese
BeaujolaisCamembert Cheese
BeaujolaisEmmental Cheese
BeaujolaisFeta Cheese
BeaujolaisMuenster Cheese
BeaujolaisRaclette Cheese
BeaujolaisSaint-Nectaire Cheese
BeaujolaisVacherin Cheese
BeaujolaisCold Chicken
Beaujolais VillagesCoq Au Vin
BeaujolaisGrilled Chicken
BeaujolaisChicken Pot Pie
BeaujolaisRoasted Chicken
BeaujolaisCorned Beef and Cabbage
Beaujolais VillagesCorned Beef and Cabbage
BeaujolaisGrilled Duck
BeaujolaisEthiopian Cuisine
Beaujolais VillagesEthiopian Cuisine
BeaujolaisIndian Cuisine
Beaujolais VillagesIndian Cuisine
BeaujolaisMacaroni and Cheese
BeaujolaisMiddle Eastern Cuisine
BeaujolaisPork Roasted
BeaujolaisPot Au Feu
Beaujolais VillagesRaspberries
BeaujolaisChicken Salad
BeaujolaisHam and Cheese Sandwich (Gruyere)
BeaujolaisRoast Beef Sandwich
BeaujolaisTurkey Sandwich
Beaujolais VillagesManhattan Clam Chowder (Tomato Based)
BeaujolaisFrench Onion Soup
BeaujolaisSteak Tartare
BeaujolaisTurkey Roasted
BeaujolaisVegetarian Dishes
Beaujolais CruFrench Onion Soup
Beaujolais CruProsciutto wrapped Roasted Chicken
BeaujolaisTuna Salad Sandwich
Beaujolais VillagesHare
Beaujolais CruHare Casserole
Beaujolais CruHare Stew
Beaujolais VillagesMozzarella Tomato Salad
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruFlank Steak with Shallots
Beaujolais CruChicken Parmesan
BeaujolaisPrawns with Avocado
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruChicken Nuggets
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruChicken Nuggets
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruChicken Knuckles
BeaujolaisBanh Gio - Pork and rice dumpling
BeaujolaisSalmon Burgers
BeaujolaisWhite Chocolate
BeaujolaisMaguro - Tuna - Sushi/Sashimi
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruGyuu no Tataki Sushi/Sashimi - raw beef
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruBeef Katsu - Without Sauce
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruMenchi-katsu (minced beef) - Without Sauce
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruMenchi-katsu (minced beef) - Without Sauce
BeaujolaisMixed Yakitori
Beaujolais CruToriniku Yakitori
Beaujolais CruTorikawa Yakitori
BeaujolaisReba Yakitori
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruButabara Kushiyaki
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruButabara Kushiyaki
Beaujolais CruChicken Teriyaki
Beaujolais CruHaggis
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruShabu Shabu Ponzu
BeaujolaisTekkadon Donburi
BeaujolaisCauliflower, Raw
Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
BeaujolaisPizza Margherita
BeaujolaisGeneral Tso's Chicken
BeaujolaisCanh Dua Chua Thia La - Mustard Leaf Soup
BeaujolaisMuc Nhoi Thit - Vietnamese Stuffed Squid
BeaujolaisTom Rang Thit Ba Chi - Prawns & Pork Belly
BeaujolaisBun Cha Ha Noi - Pork Patties and Noodles
BeaujolaisNem Nuong - Pork patties
BeaujolaisTit Heo Let Chien - Pork cutlet pan-fried with garlic)
BeaujolaisTit cot Let Chien - Pork filets pan-fried with garlic
Beaujolais CruKashmiri Chicken Korma
BeaujolaisOnigiri (rice ball w/ nori)
BeaujolaisAndouille Sausage
Beaujolais VillagesTomato Soup
BeaujolaisPizza Rolls - Pizza Bites
Beaujolais-VillagesSwedish Meatballs
Beaujolais CruBibimbap
Chénas - Beaujolais CruMushrooms
Chénas - Beaujolais CruGrilled Pork Chops
Chénas - Beaujolais CruBayonne Ham
Chénas - Beaujolais CruCottage Pie
Chénas - Beaujolais CruChicken
Chénas - Beaujolais CruChicken Cacciatore
Chénas - Beaujolais CruChicken Jambalaya
Chénas - Beaujolais CruChicken Kiev
Chénas - Beaujolais CruKFC - Kentucky Fried Chicken
Chénas - Beaujolais CruCoq Au Vin
Chénas - Beaujolais CruBraised Rabbit
Chénas - Beaujolais CruOxtail Soup
Chénas - Beaujolais CruKangaroo Stew
Chénas - Beaujolais CruItalian Sausage
Chénas - Beaujolais CruPork Loin
Chénas - Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
Chénas - Beaujolais CruProsciutto
Chénas - Beaujolais CruVeal Loin Roasted
Chénas - Beaujolais CruVeal Chops
Chénas - Beaujolais CruTurkey
Chénas - Beaujolais CruVeal Tagine
Chénas - Beaujolais CruVeal Roasted
Chénas - Beaujolais CruVeal Scallops
Chénas - Beaujolais CruPheasant
Chénas - Beaujolais CruQuail Roasted
Chénas - Beaujolais CruPulled Pork
Chénas - Beaujolais CruPork Sausage
Chénas - Beaujolais CruRoasted Pork Shoulder
Chénas - Beaujolais CruMiso Soup
Chénas - Beaujolais CruMushroom Soup
Chénas - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruBacchus Fondue
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruGrilled Chicken
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruGrilled Pork
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruGrilled Pork Chops
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruBayonne Ham
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruBeef Tongue with Hot Sauce
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruCapon
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruCapon in Sauce
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruCharcuterie
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruChicken
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruChicken Jambalaya
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruChicken with Bacon
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruChicken Pizza
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruChicken Tagine
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruHam
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruEggs in Brioche
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruFrench Navarin of Lamb
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruFleischschnacka
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruFrench Pierrade
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruFrench Potée
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruFrogs Legs Cornish Pastry
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruGarlicky Sausage
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruGrilled Sausage
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl Stuffed with Brussels Sprouts
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl Keet Fillets
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl with Cabbage
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruItalian Sausage
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruLamb Stew
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruNeapolitan Pizza
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruOmelette
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruTurkey
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruPork Sausage
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruRabbit with Carrots
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruQuail Roasted
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruVeal Chops
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruBibimbap
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruDuck
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruChicken Wings
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruSalmon
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruPho Bo - Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruKidneys
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruChicken
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruChicken Jambalaya
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruChicken Fajitas
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruCapon Stuffed with Chestnuts
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl Stuffed with Chestnuts
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruMiso Soup
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruTurkey Sandwich
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruTurkey Sausage
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruPastrami Sandwich
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruPizza with Sausage
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruVegetarian Pizza
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruPork Medallions
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruPork Haunch with Chestnuts
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruPork Roasted
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruPork Kebabs
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruPork Souvlaki
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruQuail
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruRabbit Galantine
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruTomato Risotto
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruVeal Chops
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruPhiladelphia Cheesesteak
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruPhiladelphia Cheesesteak
BeaujolaisWiener Schnitzel
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruWiener Schnitzel
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruWiener Schnitzel
BeaujolaisHam and Haddie (Haddock)
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
Côte de Brouilly - Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
Juliénas - Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
Régnié - Beaujolais CruPork Tenderloin
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruCabbage Rolls
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruCabbage Rolls
Côte de Brouilly - Beaujolais CruCabbage Rolls
Beaujolais VillagesChicken Peri Peri
Beaujolais CruChicken Peri Peri
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruCottage Pie
Côte de Brouilly - Beaujolais CruCottage Pie
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruCottage Pie
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruChicken Parmesan
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruChicken Parmesan
Beaujolais VillagesCalzone
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruCoq Au Vin
Beaujolais VillagesTandoori Chicken
Beaujolais VillagesDhansak
Beaujolais VillagesBruschetta
Beaujolais VillagesSashimi - Fatty Fish
Beaujolais VillagesTonkatsu Katsu (pork cutlet) - Without Sauce
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruDuck à l'Orange
Beaujolais VillagesTempeh Rendang
Beaujolais VillagesGrilled Trout
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruKorma
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruGreen Curry
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruPâté
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruTerrine
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruRoasted Chicken
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruBrie Cheese
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruCamembert Cheese
Saint Amour - Beaujolais CruUnagi - Fresh Water Eel Sushi/Sashimi
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruVeal Scallopini
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruWhite Bean Soup
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruRoasted Chicken
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruAndouille Sausage
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruSalmon Pan Roasted
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruAhi Tuna with Tomatoes
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruCantal Cheese
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruReblochon Cheese
Fleurie - Beaujolais CruSaint-Nectaire Cheese
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruBeef Bourguignon
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruBeef Carne Asada
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruPepperoni Pizza
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruThai Wings - Spicy
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruBrie Cheese
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruCamembert Cheese
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruPâté
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruTerrine
Régnié - Beaujolais CruFocaccia
Régnié - Beaujolais CruDumplings, Asian
Régnié - Beaujolais CruFried Chicken
Régnié - Beaujolais CruChicken Wings
Régnié - Beaujolais CruPork Chops
Régnié - Beaujolais CruLobster Salad
Régnié - Beaujolais CruPâté
Régnié - Beaujolais CruBrie Cheese
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruArtichoke
BeaujolaisBeef Boiled
BeaujolaisBeef Braised
BeaujolaisCold Beef
BeaujolaisBaby Bel Cheese
BeaujolaisCantal Cheese
Côtes d'Auvergne - BeaujolaisCantal Cheese
Beaujolais CruChevre Cheese
BeaujolaisFourme D'ambert Cheese
Beaujolais CruMorbier Cheese
BeaujolaisPort Salut Cheese
BeaujolaisSbrinz Cheese
Beaujolais CruValdeon Cheese
BeaujolaisHerbed Chicken
BeaujolaisSalisbury Steak
BeaujolaisTandoori Chicken
Beaujolais VillagesChicken Tikka Masala
BeaujolaisChinese Cuisine Spicy
Beaujolais VillagesClams
BeaujolaisCornish Game Hen
BeaujolaisCranberries and Cranberry Sauce
BeaujolaisCreole Cuisine
BeaujolaisRed Currants
BeaujolaisBeef Curry Dishes
BeaujolaisLamb Curry Dishes
BeaujolaisEggs and Egg Based Dishes
BeaujolaisGreek Cuisine
BeaujolaisGrilled Dishes
BeaujolaisHerbed Dishes
BeaujolaisHot Dogs
BeaujolaisHunan Cuisine
BeaujolaisJapanese Cuisine
BeaujolaisMexican Cuisine
BeaujolaisWild Mushrooms
BeaujolaisRed Bell Pepper
BeaujolaisGreen Bell Pepper
BeaujolaisCaesar Salad
BeaujolaisCobb Salad
BeaujolaisSalmon with Grilled Red Onions
BeaujolaisBLT Sandwich
BeaujolaisCroque Monsieur
BeaujolaisTurkey Sausage
BeaujolaisChicken Sausage
BeaujolaisSpicy Sausage
BeaujolaisShepherd's Pie
BeaujolaisManhattan Clam Chowder (Tomato Based)
BeaujolaisPea Soup
BeaujolaisSoy Sauce
BeaujolaisSteak Cold
BeaujolaisSteak Frites
BeaujolaisSteak Flank
BeaujolaisSteak Hanger
BeaujolaisSteak Well Done
BeaujolaisSteak Medium Well
BeaujolaisStrawberry Desserts
BeaujolaisSzechuan Food
BeaujolaisTex Mex Cuisine
BeaujolaisThai Cuisine
BeaujolaisTuna Casserole
BeaujolaisTurkey Leftovers
BeaujolaisVegetarian Dishes Grilled
Beaujolais CruChicken Kiev
BeaujolaisGrilled Vegetable Sandwich
BeaujolaisGrilled Cheese Sandwich
BeaujolaisChicken Kiev
BeaujolaisMussels in a Tomato Broth
BeaujolaisPotato Soup
BeaujolaisPad Thai
BeaujolaisCaprese Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Beaujolais CruSalmon Grilled on a Cedar Plank
BeaujolaisPork Schnitzel
BeaujolaisCorn Dog
BeaujolaisAmerican Goulash
BeaujolaisFrench Fries
BeaujolaisPho Bo - Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup
BeaujolaisChao Tom - Prawn Paste on Sugar Cane
BeaujolaisBanh Hoi Thit Nuong - Beef Wrapped in Rice Noodles
BeaujolaisChicken Shawarma
BeaujolaisIndonesian Satay
Chénas - Beaujolais CruBeef Pot Roast
Chénas - Beaujolais CruChicken in a Cream Sauce
Chénas - Beaujolais CruGrilled Eggplant
Chénas - Beaujolais CruSunchokes
Chénas - Beaujolais CruBaby Back Ribs - pork ribs
Chénas - Beaujolais CruPork Tacos
Chénas - Beaujolais CruKid - Young Goat
Chénas - Beaujolais CruLamb Tagine
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruVeal Braised Shanks or Shoulder
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruPumpkin Soup
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruAsian Style Stir Fry with Soy Sauce
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruGoi Ga Bap - Vietnamese Chicken Salad
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruFrogs Legs with Garlic Cream
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruGuinea Fowl with Orange
Chiroubles - Beaujolais CruLamb Shoulder
BeaujolaisPhiladelphia Cheesesteak
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruPhiladelphia Cheesesteak
BeaujolaisChicken Fried Steak
Brouilly - Beaujolais CruChicken Fried Steak
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruChicken Fried Steak
Morgon (AOP) - Beaujolais CruChicken Fried Steak
Beaujolais CruChicken Fried Steak
Beaujolais VillagesCabbage Rolls
BeaujolaisPasta Primavera
BeaujolaisCottage Pie
BeaujolaisPotato Leek Soup
Beaujolais VillagesFocaccia
BeaujolaisCherry Pie
BeaujolaisChicken Alfredo
Beaujolais VillagesYukhoe
Beaujolais VillagesGumbo
Beaujolais VillagesChili Con Carne
Beaujolais VillagesTrout, Baked
Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais CruSteak - Grilled with Roasted Shallots
Régnié - Beaujolais CruButternut Squash Soup
Régnié - Beaujolais CruCrab Dip
Régnié - Beaujolais CruSeafood Linguini
Régnié - Beaujolais CruSpinach Salad

Grilled Sausage on a Bun & Beaujolais Villages

Grilled Sausage often involves a myriad of toppings, such as ketchup, mustard, grilled onions, mushrooms or Sauerkraut. Since Beaujolais Villages lack tannin, 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, the grilled Sausage and any topping you choose blend together in perfect harmony.

We usually eat grilled sausage on a bun in the early afternoon or in the summer sun, such as during a ballgame, before a performance, at a BBQ, and so on. Beaujolais’ low alcohol content helps it to provide a sensation of refreshment, allowing you to enjoy the festivities without being overly inebriated and dehydrated.

Chicken Wings & Beaujolais Villages

Beaujolais is ideal for spicy chicken wings because of its crisp acidity and low alcohol concentration, provided they aren’t overly hot. Alcohol and hot sauce do not mix very well as the alcohol will only fuel the Caspian content found in hot sauce, making it taste like fire. Thus, for reasonably hot chicken wings, you will want a lower alcohol red like Beaujolais Villages. Here the red fruit flavours of raspberry and strawberry come off as refreshing as it whisks the heat and greasiness of the Chicken Wings away.

I also enjoy how the subtle smoky flavours of Beaujolais complement earthy and spicy flavours found in hot sauce. Finally, if you’re sharing a plate of Chicken Fingers, along with a variety of other finger foods such as Nacho Chips or French Fries, Beaujolais will offer plenty of refreshment against the salty and fatty nature of those foods as well.

Bruschetta & Beaujolais Villages

The light and playful nature of Beaujolais Villages complements the acidic and fruit tomatoes of your Bruschetta making for an excellent pairing. With Beaujolais you’ll also get a hint of smoke, spice and earth that complement any onion, garlic, or toasty bread flavours of Bruschetta.

If your Bruschetta is served as an appetizer, Beaujolais Villages makes even more sense as the low alcohol content of the wine won’t numb your senses for when you’re ready for the main course. With that said, if you’re at home eating Bruschetta as your main meal, Beaujolais Villages will make for a wonderful companion.

Tuna Fish Sandwiches & Beaujolais Villages

Beaujolais is the ultimate picnic wine as it’s light, fruity, low in alcohol, and playfully fun. Canned Tuna is often a food that is difficult to pair with as the tannin found in a lot of red wine makes canned Tuna taste tinny. Fortunately, Beaujolais is low in tannin, so it pairs up perfectly with a freshly made tuna fish sandwich. Furthermore, the acidity in Beaujolais Villages cuts through the creamy mayonnaise that coats your tongue and whisks those taste bud clogging fats away. This all makes for a frisky pairing for that sweet shaded spot hidden away from the summer sun.

And don’t worry, whichever sandwich you put in your picnic basket will almost certainly match well with Beaujolais, whether it’s Ham & Cheese, Egg-Salad, Sockeye Salmon, Chicken Salad, Turkey, or Roast Beef.

Quiche & Beaujolais Villages Pairing

You’ll normally find Quiche served as part of an ensemble meal, such as during a brunch or picnic, where it is paired with a variety of dishes depending on the theme. Bright, light, fruity and acidic, the food-friendly nature of Beaujolais Villages will ensure it is perfectly paired with a wide variety of foods served on these occasions, including Quiche.

The bright acidity of Beaujolais cuts through the rich and creamy texture of Quiche, along with the savoury crust, guaranteeing that each bite tastes fresh and clean. Meanwhile, the strawberry, raspberry and plum flavours of Beaujolais Villages provide plenty of refreshment with not only the Quiche but with many of the other dishes served at brunch or picnics that tend to be either salty, sweet or creamy.

What’s the Difference Between Beaujolais Villages and Beaujolais Nouveau?

The main difference between Beaujolais Villages and Beaujolais Nouveau in that Beaujolais Villages has more personality.  With its subtle flavours of bubblegum, smoke, violet and banana, Beaujolais Villages has much more character than Nouveau. Beaujolais Villages also needs to be drunk within two years, where Beaujolais Nouveau is meant to be drunk shortly after being bottled.

Beaujolais Nouveau is a red wine released on the third Thursday in November to celebrate the first vintage of the year and is heavily marketed as a fun event. Pair Beaujolais Nouveau with pizza rolls, cold turkey sandwiches slathered with mayo, fun finger foods, and ham sandwiches.

What’s the Difference Between Beaujolais Villages and Beaujolais Cru?

Beaujolais Cru features even more deeper flavours than Beaujolais Villages, and some Beaujolais Cru will rival the quality of some of the finest Burgundies in terms of elegant fruit and earthy flavours. Given the slightly higher cost of Beaujolais Cru ($30-$70), expect to pay a higher price than Beaujolais Villages. In general, Beaujolais Cru is best paired with earthier dishes such as Brie Cheese, Rabbit in a mushroom sauce, turkey slathered in gravy, or a creamy mushroom risotto.

There are 10 Beaujolais Cru regions, and your wine store might not carry them all, or perhaps even any of them. This makes Beaujolais Villages much easier to obtain than a Beaujolais Cru. Beaujolais Cru is worth tracking down and trying as they often offer excellent quality for the price.

The 10 Beaujolais Cru Styles and Pairing Suggestions

Brouilly Beaujolais Cru and Food Pairings

Brouilly is largest Cru producer, which makes it the easiest Beaujolais Cru to find. Often light-bodied and elegant, expect flavours of plum and raspberry with a tangy acidic finish. Brouilly Beaujolais is often meant to be drank within 2 years and pairs up nice with Andouille Sausage, Charcuterie, Menchi-katsu, Turkey Dinner, Chicken Jambalaya, and Butabara Kushiyaki.

Chénas Beaujolais Cru

Chénas is the rarest of Beaujolais Cru due to its small production region. Very floral on the nose, with an emphasis on rose petals, Chénas is also earthy and age-worthy. Chénas pairs up wonderfully with basic chicken, veal and pork dishes, along with Sausage, eggplant dishes, chicken Kiev, kangaroo stew, veal marsala, and crocodile steak. My favourite pairing would be with homemade pizza topped with Sausage, mushrooms and chicken.

Chiroubles Beaujolais Cru & Food Pairing

One of the lighter-bodied Beaujolais Crus, Chiroubles features red fruit and floral notes on the nose, along with an herbaceous and mineral finish. Chiroubles is excellent with chicken wings, chicken tenders, ham sandwiches, Easter brunch, pork tenderloin, grilled pork chops, chicken fajitas, pho bo, veal chops, and quail stuffed with mushrooms.

Côte de Brouilly Beaujolais Cru

Côte de Brouilly is a medium-bodied Beaujolais Cru with earthy and forest floor notes along with bright red fruit. Côte de Brouilly is exceptional with corned beef, Easter ham, calzone, beef tartare, liver and onions, charcuterie, chicken jambalaya, haggis, Meatloaf, and Greek lamb gyros.


Fleurie has lots of violet, lilac, rose, and iris on the nose, which is fitting as fleur translates to flower. You still will find the trademark red fruit of strawberry and raspberry of Beaujolais with this elegant and feminine red wine along with a savoury, peppery finish. Often considered the lightest Beaujolais Cru, Fleurie is also nicknamed the Queen of the Crus. Take this nickname with a grain of salt, however, as some very powerful Fleurie Grand Crus also exist, particularly near the Moulin-à-Vent border. Pair Fleurie up with roasted pork tenderloin, chicken in a cream sauce, quiche, frogs legs, penne alla vodka, veal scaloppini, black pudding, Andouillette sausage, and mushroom pasta.

Juliénas Beaujolais Cru

Named after Julius Caesar, Juliénas sits in the middle spectrum of Beaujolais Cru in that it’s neither bold or incredibly light. With lilac and violet on the nose, you’ll also find tart raspberry and black plum flavours, along with a hint of spice and dark chocolate in the body. Juliénas is not a good match with Caesar Salad, however, it pairs up nicely with chili, beer can chicken, butter chicken, baked ham, pork tenderloin, bibimbap, quail, pork chops with a fruity sauce, and Miso soup.

Moulin-à-Vent Beaujolais Cru

Moulin-à-Vent is nicknamed the king of Beaujolais Cru as it is the boldest Beaujolais available. Fruity with raspberry, boysenberry, blackberry and plum, Moulin-à-Vent can be aged for decades due to its tannin. When young, the fruit flavours of Moulin-à-Vent shine through with brilliance. When aged for a decade or more, expect some earthy, musky, mushroom and gamey, meaty flavours that will compete with some of the finest Burgundy on the market.

Moulin-à-Vent is delicious with Beef Burgundy, Pork Tenderloin, Philadelphia Cheesesteak, Pepperoni Pizza, Osso Buco, General Tso’s Chicken, Shepherd’s Pie, Cabbage Rolls, and Chicken Fried Steak.

Morgon Beaujolais Cru

Morgon is a bolder Beaujolais Crus and can be aged over 30 years to draw out even bolder and earthier flavours. , When young Morgan is juicy with vibrant cherry flavours. When aged between 5 to 10 years, the wine starts to develop earthy flavours of truffle, smoke and meat. As Morgan is a bolder red wine, it appeals to North American tastes making it the most imported Beaujolais Cru. The Morgan region is also the second-largest of the Crus, which also helps make it easier to find.

Pair Morgon Beaujolais Cru with Corned Beef and Cabbage, Chicken Teriyaki, Duck a L’Orange, Cottage Pie, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Adobo, Swedish Meatballs, and Flank Steak with Shallots.

Régnié Beaujolais Cru

Régnié is a lighter-bodied, with notes of red fruit, plum, a hint of spice and bright acidity. Régnié is the newest cru and a single ‘classic’ style has yet to emerge as winemakers continue to experiment and innovate. Régnié pairs great with Southern Fried Chicken, Chicken Pot Pie, Baked Brie, Chicken Tikka Masala, Butternut Squash Soup, Seafood Linguini, Bacon Wrapped Scallops and Chicken Wings.

Saint-Amour Beaujolais Cru

St. Amour has two popular styles. The first style is a light and elegant red wine tasting of cooked strawberries and cassis along with some smoke, pepper, and coca on the nose. This style of Saint-Amour can be aged for at least four years. The second style of St. Amour is light, fruity and features floral aromas of peony and peppery spice. This style is best consumed within a year.

Whatever style you choose, St. Amour Beaujolais is perfect for a romantic picnic getaway with some Turkey, Tuna or Egg Salad Sandwiches, along with Brie and Camembert cheese or even Potato Salad. If it’s Valentine’s day and you want a quiet night in, order in some sushi or perhaps some milder Indian Currie to share for a romantic night in.