updated 9/19/2007 7:19:59 PM ET 2007-09-19T23:19:59

Japanese wine lovers will get more than their usual fill of Beaujolais Nouveau in November, when a new game offering advice on wine tasting and manners debuts along with this year's Beaujolais.

"Beginners Wine DS" for Nintendo Co.'s DS handheld device features step-by-step instructions on choosing a bottle for a romantic dinner or correctly swirling a glass when wine tasting.

The game, developed by Tokyo's Square Enix Co., also comes with a database of 120 selected bottles, a glossary, a quiz and a guide to bluffing knowledge about wine, according to a statement released Wednesday.

"This game makes wine more accessible to everyone," the release said.

"Beginners Wine DS" hits stores on Nov. 15 to coincide with this year's release of the Beaujolais Nouveau, a globally popular seasonal wine. It was not immediately known whether the game would go on sale outside Japan.

Other Nintendo DS games popular with adults let players train their brains with simple quizzes, navigate cooking recipes and analyze people's voices to tell whether they're lying.

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