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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  • Short trip. Will be very busy but not too so to taste the wine. At Boston Logan Aitport.  Read More

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  • Chateau de Pierreux Brouilly 2012


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    Wine review by Teresawine2

  • Formerly known as California Gamay it's actually planted all over the State. It seems to me that in the 70s/80s it was easy to find Gamay from California producers.  I seem to remember having more than one bottle from Sebastiani. It looks like I've learned something, again, here on Snooth. Read More

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  • Dmecker it's $32 ;-)Formerly known as California Gamay it's actually planted all over the State. Read More

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  • Vancouver in WA is not Vancouver in B.C., OT. I've been to the WA version ... what was called 'Napa Gamay', which was what OT was referring to. Can't remember any 'California' gamay. I have had Gamay Noir or 'Gamay Beaujolais' several times over past decades, though those were often rolls of the dice. Assuming they're better recently though no... Read More

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  • White wines are a summer classic, but it has been a long summer. There is a ... silky tannins. The grape: Gamay Noir. The region: Beaujolais. The Cru: Fleurie. My current favorite is Stephane Aviron 2011 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes Domaine de la Madrière. Light body, generous spice and fruit flavors, smooth tannins. For many years I thought I didn... Read More

    From the article Superior Red Wines for Summertime

  • Still enjoying the new TV tonight while we had Sandra's parents over for ... Ordinaire Reserve Pinot Noir Gamay blend (80% Pinot / 20% Gamay) from Burgundy.  The Chardonnay shown below will stay in the fridge for now.  I then opened the 2014 Le Loup dans la Bergerie for comparison and they do offer a similar taste but now we're talking 80 % Gr... Read More

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  • Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau 2015


    Nothing big, nothing fancy...just pure nouveau. Bright fruit, mild tannins with a cut of minerality and acidity. Cherries on the aftertaste that is both surprisingly long (for a beaujolias) and mouthwatering. Drink young - Paul 87 popints Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Being a fan of Jolie-Laide and being that we have been drinking a lot of whites ... tipsily end the day with the Gamay…IF, that is, we were all-day drinkers. Instead, we’ll make sure to keep some of each handy for the perfect moment each deserves to be put in the limelight.        (You might be saying to yourself, but hey! Where is the Syrah an... Read More

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  • Les Vaucorneilles Cuvee Nathan Touraine Mesland 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine from a stand at the London France Show back in ... a third each cabernet franc,gamay and malbec [called cot in this area ].It is not oaked. I started my bottle last night with my bacon pasta bake and I did enjoy it.There is some fairly intense blackcurrant,blackberry and licorice style fruit with more than a hint o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

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