Nouveau, which is French for "new," describes a young, fruity, light-bodied wine that is shipped from the winery to the market just weeks after it has been made. Nouveau wines are typically created in a fruity, early drinking style and, because they aren't aged in oak, don't offer any overt oak or wood influence. The most famous nouveau wine is Beaujolais Nouveau, which is released each November shortly after the harvest. FYI, most nouveau wines are meant to be drunk within a year of release.