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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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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  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2012

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    Its hot in southern california today... way tooo hot... nothing better than ... ... of that oh so familiar gamay. Loved it as per usua Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


  • "one of them they thought Bourgueil was in Italy.."That's only ... ... Italy, he thought of the Gamay grape, not the DOCG in Piemonte.  Which kind of proved my point. I don't know if it's a fair trade, Ghemme for Bourgueil.  I like them both but...so GregT, any more info about this wine bar that you are frequenting?  I think you ought to come ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bourgueil vs. Chinon: Paging...


  • KLwines looks like a star in comparison to those options of yours, JD. ... ... these days--multiple cot and gamay options, but no CF--wtf?), and at one of them they thought Bourgueil was in Italy.  ;-(Off further afield in the next day or two. Hopefully will find something reasonable, but it seems I'm likely to be faced with very limited option Read More

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  • Coming directly off viewing two recent posts in the 'Whatcha drinking tonight?' thread, thought it might be interesting to do a virtual tasting amongst us wide-spread all of, say, a mini-vertical of two different Bourgueil reds vs. a mini-vertical of two different Chinon reds (if each of us could handle the logistics of opening, say, eight diffe... Read More

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  • Release: 2012 Shake Ridge Ranch MourvèdreMountain Cat fights Timber ... ... ... will not be mistaken for Gamay, Pinot Noir, or Blaufränkisch; it is Mourvèdre and should be treated as such.  This is the most chiseled, powerful, and tannic wine we have released.  It will benefit from years of cellaring, or at minimum, a healthy decant.  We got i... Read More

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  • For whites, there is a huge variety as already pointed out.  If you like ... ... varieties (Pinot Noir, Gamay) for medium weight, then move on to Bordeaux (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and some lesser varieties like Petit Verdot).  Finally, look to the Rhone and Provence for Syrah and Grenache.For whites, look to Chardonnay (var... Read More

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  • I would love a suggestion of a great red and white wine for a beginner (literally brand new)!! I've read online that Rieslings are a great option for white and perhaps a Zinfandel for a red. Please advise. Thank you soooo much!T. Read More

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  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Red 2009

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    Light, drinkable, a wine that I always remember and keep going back to (especially at such a great price). First had it with Thanksgiving dinner, then again the next week with veggie pizza. Possibilities are endless. It is very fresh, not too much acidity. One of my favorites. Read More

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