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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  •   So here's the next challenge I'm throwing down to those who think they can match wine to anything. ;-)Less tropical than either the first challenge or the second one--match wines to this locale and cuisine ,,, First some scenery, both countryside and urban. Will show different seasons because time-of-year has a great effect on menus in this co... Read More

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  • Domaine Guindon Coteaux Dancenis Gamay Rose 2010


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Leo Hillinger Zweigelt 2011


    First impression was of a low quality cab franc or gamay, somewhat musty, gamey and perfumey. However, this wine changed with a bit of air and some food to go with it. Now there's some southern Rhone GSM quality, light tannin, plum and dark cherry. Decent acidity and a bit of that gaminess still present but more in the background. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • @ DMCKER:Okay. IMHO, the best red swiss wines are made from either Pinot Noir ... ... Gamaret, Reichensteiner, Gamay one cen IMHO forget. Surely, one can find an exception (and I know exceptions, but they are confirmiing the rule).Gamays (like e.g. Moulin-ä-Vent in the Beaujolais region) are tendentionally better than swiss Gamays.Amigne is a ... Read More

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  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2012


    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 GregT, any more info about this wine bar that you are frequenting?  I think you ought to come ... Read More

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  • 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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