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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  • Yep. Already contacted Moon Curser - they make Tempranillo. We'll check out ... Covert - they make Zin and Gamay.Looking at Nk'Mip, Burrowing Owl, Gehringer, Black Hills, Desert Hills, Hester Creek. Basically picked because of their grape varieties - Cab Franc, Rhone grapes, etc.Any thoughts?If we make it north we will go to Laughing Stock for ... Read More

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  • Franck Decrenisse Coteaux du Lyonnais les Vieilles Vignes 2015


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop on the Isle of Wight ... and ... and white wines made of the gamay and chardonnay grape from 49 communes between the City of Lyon and the foothills of the Massif Central to the west.Franck Decrenisse is a small producer in this area. My bottle is a red wine made from 60 year old gamay vines. I s... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chenas Chateau de Belleverne 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website for £10. Chenas ... Beaujolais is made of the gamay grape.a cross between pinot noir and an anceint white grape called 'gouais' The name comes from the oak [chene in French] forests which once covered these granite hills. My bottle comes from a small producer in this area.I started ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Olivier Ravier Beaujolias Villages 2016


    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop on the Isle of Wight ... Red wines are made from the gamay grape a cross between pinot noir and an ancient white grape called gouais.I started my bottle last night with my pasta bake supper.It is certainly a full bodied and well structured wine.It is just bursting with a blackcurrant,blackberry,blueberry... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Well I'm astounded.  After six years of Snooth for me, I've ... ... Unsworth also does a pinot/gamay/foch blend and I actually didn't think it was too bad at all. Hey Marty, have you had the Efeste "Big Poppa"?  I picked one up at Tacoma Boys last time I was down, along with a Kerloo "Klipsun" cab sa Read More

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  • I have been thinking for a while on the idea of facilitating the meeting up in person of those loyally frequenting this site.My preference is to make these meetings open to all members, and even varying the location of any meeting according to convenience since we live all over the world (though mostly in North America).In any case, this new thr... Read More

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  • Domaine le Bois Malinge Gilbert Chon et Fils Gamay Rose Vin de Pays du Val de Loire 2017


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • This isn’t one of those “next great grape!” articles. People ... d'Anjou75% Grolleau, 25% GamayWhile varietal Grolleau is a hot commodity, the rosé is easier to find. There is so much sub-par rosé out there, but you really cannot go wrong with d’Anjou. This one is widely available and retails for just ten bucks.Jean-Michel Gautier Touraine Ros... Read More

    From the article Ancient wine grape finds a home with millennial drinkers.

  • After all the Christmas and New Year festivities, I have to escape for a good ... lighter style Beaujolais (Gamay grape from Burgundy in Central France), Loire Valley reds such as Saumur-Champigny and Chinon (Cabernet Franc from around the Anjou-Saumur region) and Barbara d’Asti the soft Italian from Piemonte, go well with milder Korma, Rogan ... Read More

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  • Lucien Lardy Mouin a Vent les Thorins 2015


    The Lucien Lardy Moulin-a-Vent exudes a scent of brussels sprouts and light red fruit .. not unexpected from this powerful wine type (explanation deleted here). Some celery, mixed rather interestingly with cherry on the palate. The wine shows a bit of aging, but critics miss the mark; this wine could go on for 5-7 years easily. So much for pai... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

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