The Beaujolais vintners press their grapes into wine and ship it to Paris on the third Thursday of November amidst fanfare.
It is a big deal, not because the new wine is so great (it isn't) but because it marks the start of the season, the very first wine of the harvest.
Similarly I celebrate the first local apples of the year.
Today's varieties are Lodi and Vista Bella. They have some charms in their own right, when ripe (something Lodi will unfortunately not achieve for another week or ten days).
However, the best thing about them is, Wow, a local apple! I'd forgotten what that tastes like.
And the promise of the harvest to come.