Gamay

 

Name of varietal: Gamay
 
Common synonyms: Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, Bourgignon Noir, Game, Petit Bourgignon, Petit Gamai, Petite Lyonnaise
 
Parentage of the grape: unknown
 
History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Beaujeu, near Beaune, in the Burgundy region of France. In the mid 1300s it was cultivated as a relief from the strains of the Black Death. It’s much easier to grow than Pinot Noir, which is the distinguished red grape of Burgundy, and can ripen up to two weeks earlier. However, in 1395, the Duke of Burgundy, Philippe le Hardi (Philip the Bold), signed an edict outlawing the grapes. He said they were “inflame and deloyal” (despicable and disloyal) and taking too much space from the noble grape Pinot Noir. In 1459, Philippe le Bon (Philip the Good), grandson of Le Hardi, signed another edict reaffirming his family’s distaste for the varietal, afraid their Read more »

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Mary Margaret McCamic

Based in North Carolina, I'm a wine instructor at The Chef's Academy and owner of The Clever Vine, a wine consulting and education service. I hold the WSET Diploma and have a strong background in French wine, with a special interest in the Loire Valley.

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  • Saint-Amour Aoc 2005

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    Wine review by ttutony


  • Beaujolais-Villages 'Combe Aux Jacques' L. Jadot 2006

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  • Saint-Amour Aoc 2005

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  • I'm looking for a recommendation of a red, ($11 or less per bottle), to go with our wedding buffet. The selections on the buffet are as follows:Appetizers:Roasted Vegetable and Blue Cheese RollsLocal Vegetable Ross Stuffed with Sesame-Peanut Masala or Cool Weather Local Vegetables with a Cheese Fondue BuffetTrio of Artisan BreadsLettuce Greens ... Read More

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  • Quails' Gate 2007

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    We just moved to BC, and discovered this delighful VQA gem. I'm not usually a fan of Roses, but this one is a real treat. Made locally in British Columbia, this wine is best enjoyed in hot weather and with light food, in my humble opinion. Although the screw-cap top doesn't appeal to me all that much, the price point of this wine is pretty co... Read More

    Wine review by jonesa3


  • Quails' Gate 2007

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  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007

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  • Beaujolais-Villages 'Combe Aux Jacques' L. Jadot 2006

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  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2006

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  • Domaine Piron & Lafont Chénas Quartz 2005

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    Sharper and more intense than I was expecting. Lacks the fruitiness you usually get with Beaujolais. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


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