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Gamay

The Gamay grape variety is a light-bodied and fruity red wine grape variety, originating in the Beaujolais region of France.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Gamay grapes are small, round and dark blue in colour. It produces fruity and bright wines with aromas of ripe raspberry and cherry, along with notes of spice and white pepper. These wines usually have soft tannins and juicy acidity, making them very food friendly.

Fresh Gamay grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Gamay is primarily grown in France, in the Beaujolais region, but is also cultivated in other parts of the world such as Italy, Switzerland, Canada and the United States. The Gamay grape is a low-yielding variety and is best suited to cooler climates. It can be made into both still and sparkling wines. Wines are usuall produced by whole-berry maceration. The wine is then usually aged in stainless steel tanks or oak barrels, depending on the style of wine desired. In France, the Gamay grape is used to make the Beaujolais Nouveau, which is a young, light and fruity wine, released each year on the third Thursday of November. In the United States, Gamay is used to make a range of styles including still wines, sparkling wines and rosés. Gamay wines are best paired with lighter dishes such as roasted poultry, grilled salmon and salads. These wines also pair well with dishes that contain mushrooms, tomatoes and garlic.

Foods to pair with Gamay:

Pasta
Beef
Game
Sausage
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Gamay
The Gamay grape variety is related to Pinot Noir, and is believed to have been created by crossing Pinot Noir with another grape variety.

Top Wines with Gamay

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Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages

Louis Jadot

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Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages is a red wine produced by the renowned winemaker Louis Jadot in the Beaujolais-Villages appellation of France. The wine is made from Gamay grapes grown in the region's granite and schist soils, which impart a unique minerality to the wine. The winemaking process involves traditional techniques, including whole-cluster fermentation, resulting in a wine with a bright ruby color, aromas of red fruit and floral notes, and a light to medium body. The wine is known for its freshness, balance, and easy-drinking style, making it a perfect choice for casual occasions and pairing with a variety of foods.
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beef
pork
salads
cheeses
grilled chicken
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Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py Natural

Jean Foillard

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Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py is a highly sought-after wine produced by Jean Foillard, a renowned winemaker in the Beaujolais region of France. The wine is made from Gamay grapes grown in the Côte du Py vineyard, which is known for its unique granite and schist soil composition. Foillard's winemaking approach is focused on minimal intervention, allowing the natural flavors and aromas of the grapes to shine through. The resulting wine is a beautiful expression of the terroir, with notes of red fruit, spice, and earthiness. It is a medium-bodied wine with a silky texture and a long, elegant finish. Overall, Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py is a must-try for any wine lover looking for a high-quality, authentic Beaujolais wine.
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beef
stews
game
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Domaine Mathieu & Camille Lapierre Morgon Natural

Domaine Mathieu & Camille Lapierre

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Domaine Mathieu & Camille Lapierre Morgon represents the epitome of Beaujolais excellence. Produced by the Lapierre family in the Morgon appellation, known for its robust Gamay wines, this wine showcases the essence of natural winemaking. The vineyards, cultivated with organic and biodynamic principles, contribute to the wine's purity and terroir expression. The grapes are hand-harvested and undergo whole-cluster fermentation, followed by aging in old oak barrels. The result is a wine with vibrant red fruit aromas, a lively acidity, and silky tannins. Its approachability in youth doesn't compromise complexity, offering layers of cherry, violet, and a subtle earthiness. Lapierre Morgon reflects a commitment to authenticity, making it a standout choice for enthusiasts appreciating the finesse of Beaujolais wines.
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grilled meats
roasted meats
game
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Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon 'La Cueille'

Patrick Bottex

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Patrick Bottex Bugey-Cerdon 'La Cueille' is a delightful sparkling wine hailing from the Bugey-Cerdon appellation in France. Crafted with meticulous care, this wine showcases the unique terroir of the region. The vineyards where the grapes are grown benefit from a combination of limestone and clay soils, which impart a distinct character to the wine. Made using the traditional method, 'La Cueille' undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle, resulting in fine bubbles and a lively effervescence. With its vibrant pink hue and refreshing flavors of red berries and citrus, this wine offers a delightful balance of sweetness and acidity. Perfect for any celebration or as an aperitif, 'La Cueille' is a true gem from Bugey-Cerdon.
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Food Pairing:
fruit-based desserts
fruit salads
fruit tart
cheese plates
blue cheese
root vegetables
burgers
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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Georges Duboeuf

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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau is a vibrant and highly anticipated wine that showcases the best of the Beaujolais region in France. Produced in accordance with strict appellation regulations, this wine is crafted from hand-picked Gamay grapes grown in the picturesque vineyards of Beaujolais. The winemaking process involves a traditional maceration technique, resulting in a wine that is light-bodied, fruity, and exudes youthful charm. With its brilliant ruby color and aromas of fresh red berries, this Beaujolais Nouveau offers a lively and approachable style that is perfect for celebrating the arrival of the new vintage.
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grilled chicken
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