Valdiguie (aka. Napa Gamay)

In California Valdiguie has traditionally been called "Napa Gamay". However, in the late 1990s the BATF ruled that wineries had until 2007 to cease using the term "Napa Gamay" and begin using the name Valdiguié on labels. In the "Golden State" Valdiguie is grown in a number of regions, with its highest concentration in the neighboring counties of San Luis Obispo and Monterey. In California, the grape is treated to a number of different vinification techniques. Carbonic maceration is often used to induce a fruit forward nature in the wine. This technique only serves to add to the confusion between Valdiquie and true Gamay from Beaujolais. In its French homeland, Valdiguie is a minor grape, grown in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. There it is also known as Gros Auxerrois. It is used to give color in the high-alcohol ‘vin de table’ red wine blends that originate from the Midi.

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  • California, the land of sunshine, free spirits, and big wines. Right? Yes, of ... Yes, of ... Broc Cellars Valdiguie Mockvin du Broc 16% $30 Complex aromas of raisin, spice, and VA greet the nose While moderately sweet in the mouth this still shows attractive freshness to the strawberry and slightly peachy fruit. There's a hint of dark chocol... Read More

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  • Broc Cellars Valdiguie Mockvin du Broc 2011


    Complex aromas of raisin, spice, and VA greet the nose While moderately sweet in the mouth this still shows attractive freshness to the strawberry and slightly peachy fruit. There's a hint of dark chocolate to the palate and an oxidized quality that knits things together nicely leading to a very nutty, long, lovely bitter herbal finish that's la... Read More

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  • Today I had the opportunity to try multiple wines from a great Hoosier winery, ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon Valdiguie and Gewurztraminer, as well as my first ice wine. I must say that this new line of honey based naturally fruit flavored wine from the Oliver is a drastic improvement on their predecessor. The Creekbend line, which features hybri... Read More

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    This very cool wine from Redwood Valley in Mendocino is extremely Beaujolais-like in style, with intense aromas of candied violets on the nose and silky boysenberry and blackberry fruit on the palate. Made from an obscure grape called Valdiguié, this wine boasts a brilliant purple hue and is the perfect California wine for Old World-leaning wine... Read More

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