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Valdiguié

Valdiguié is a red grape variety with a rich history rooted in the vineyards of southwest France, particularly in Languedoc-Roussillon. Once extensively planted, it is now found as a minor variety in Vin de Pays departments around the Languedoc and Provence. In the United States, especially California, it was known as Napa Gamay until DNA testing revealed its true identity in 1980. Despite being outlawed to be sold as Napa Gamay in 1999, Valdiguié has maintained a small following among winemakers.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Valdiguié wines are typically light-bodied with bright red fruit flavors, including notes of red cherry, raspberry, and cranberry. Floral undertones complement the fruity profile, and the wines exhibit moderate acidity and low tannins. The taste profile makes Valdiguié wines approachable and easy-drinking, contributing to their popularity in the regions where they are cultivated.

Fresh Valdiguié grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Valdiguié is primarily associated with the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France, where it is often referred to as Gros Auxerrois. In California, it has been historically grown in the Napa Valley region. Valdiguié is recognized for its high-yielding vines and strong resistance to powdery mildew, making it a resilient grape variety. While it was once used in blends or for the production of rosé wines, it has gained attention as winemakers explore its potential as a varietal wine.

Foods to pair with Valdiguié:

Pizza
Poultry
Salmon
Fun Fact about Valdiguié
Valdiguié, also known as Napa Gamay in California, faced confusion with the Pinot noir clone Gamay Beaujolais. Both were sometimes labeled as 'Gamay Beaujolais' until the name was banned on labels in April 2007, adding an interesting layer to the grape's history and nomenclature.

Top Wines with Valdiguié

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Broc Cellars Love Rosè Natural

Broc Cellars

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Crafted from a blend of Valdiguié, Carignan, Zinfandel, Grenache Noir, and Barbera, this wine is a harmonious symphony of diverse varietals. Sourced from esteemed vineyards like Shell Creek, Ricetti, Arrowhead Mountain, Corteza, and Fox Hill, each contributing its unique character, the wine boasts a nuanced tapestry of flavors. With a moderate alcohol content, it offers a balanced and approachable drinking experience. The total production of almost 3000 cases ensures that this exceptional blend is available to delight the palates of those fortunate enough to discover its captivating composition.
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Food Pairing:
fruit salads
grilled vegetables
salads
seafood
soft cheeses
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Wilson Foreigner Rancho Chimiles Valdiguié

Wilson Foreigner

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Wilson Foreigner Rancho Chimiles Valdiguié is a premium wine produced by Wilson Foreigner, a renowned winemaker known for crafting exceptional wines. The wine is made from Valdiguié grapes grown in the Rancho Chimiles vineyard, which is located in the Napa Valley appellation. The vineyard features unique soil and climate conditions that contribute to the wine's distinct character. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, gentle pressing, and aging in French oak barrels. The resulting wine is a beautifully balanced and elegant expression of the Valdiguié grape, with notes of juicy fruit, spice, and a hint of earthiness. It is a perfect choice for those who appreciate high-quality, artisanal wines.
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pork
duck
game
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