The third Thursday of November each year heralds the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau and the first opportunity for consumers to taste the latest vintage from Europe. But this event has lost steam in recent years, as the hype and festivities surrounding the release of these wines has subsided since their peak in popularity in the 1980s. Regardless, Beaujolais Nouveau is a reminder that nature makes a vintage, and the wines serve as a good introduction to the hard-pressed Beaujolais region. Despite a challenging summer, the weather at harvest was good. As a result, the 8 bottlings in Wine Spectator's 2014 Nouveau blind tasting showed good balance, lively acidity and bright fruit flavors, suggesting a solid vintage overall.