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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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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  • Lapierre Morgon 2005


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    Wine review by danowine

  • Marietta Old Vines Red 43 NV


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    Wine review by chrisubus

  • Didier Cornillon Châtillon En Diois les Champassias 2002


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    Wine review by friend

  • Renardat-Fache Cerdon du Bugey NV


    Don't know if this is the same Bugey Cerdon that I tried, as the label is vastly different, but if it is, here's what I wrote about it: A bit unremarkable on the nose, but at first taste, it was delightfully sweet, with definite notes of raspberry/blackberry. The finish was a nice contrast - quite dry and crisp. It's simple, but pleasant and ver... Read More

    Wine review by yishimcgee

  • Duboeuf Julienas 2005


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    Wine review by vinthehouse

  • Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly 2006


    bright juicy blue fruit and great acid. ideal with bistro fare or on the patio with a slight chill. very tasty. Read More

    Wine review by Barberesco

  • my husband only likes whites. I LOVE reds. What are the best reds to transition him with? Read More

    Forum post in the topic moving form whites to red

  • So, my fiance and I are new to wine drinking, but we absolutely love it. I like to try new things...but him not so much. Do you have any hints for trying new wines? Suggestions? His favorite is white Zinfandel; mine is Merlot....just to give you an idea of what we like :) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Show me the wine!!!!

  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Combe-Aux-Jacques 2003


    balanced but a little more alcohol and sweetness Read More

    Wine review by oxjinixo

  • Olivier Cousin Anjou Gamay 2005


    A wine unlike any other (well... except anything else made by Domaine Olivier Cousin). In the glass this wine is a deeper red and clouded with unfiltered yumminess. The nose has interesting strawberry and wheat aromas, along with nice blackberry and a little funk. On the attack the beautiful fruit dominates, namely the strawberry, cherry and ras... Read More

    Wine review by palefire

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