Beaujolais Nouveau Day, this year on Thursday, November 19th is a yearly event in France when the first wine of the season is made available. We at Taft Street are offering our rendition of a Pinot Noir Nouveau, made in the same manner as its Beaujolais counterpart. At the winery we will offer samples of gougeres, a traditional cheese puff often served with the new wine. They’re easy to make at home.


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 6 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated


  1. Preheat oven to 425 and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter, milk, salt and pepper into a saucepan and bring to scalding. Add flour all at once and mix with spoon until incorporated.
  3. Place mixture in a food processor, add eggs and pulse until mixed. Add cheese until a smooth and shiny dough results.
  4. Transfer dough to a pastry bag and pipe 1-2 tablespoon scoops into the pans, 2 inches apart. You should have about 30.
  5. Bake 15 minutes until puffy and browned. Cool 5 minutes.

Serve with generous glasses on 2020 Taft Street Russian River Valley Pinot Noir Nouveau!

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