Gamay Beaujolais

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A red wine grape varietal once thought to have been the true Gamay grape of France's Beaujolais region. In the 1970's the grape was identified as one of the many clones of Pinot Noir. The confusion has brought about a new law stating that no wine bearing the name Gamay Beaujolais may be bottled after April 9, 2007. Labeling as Gamay Beaujolais is allowed until that time, however, the wine must be made from at least 75% Pinot Noir and/or Valdiguié grapes and that fact must be stated on the label.

Characteristics: The wine is typically a light to medium bodied, fresh, sweet wine with berry flavors. Exhibits the same characteristics and style of Pinot Noir.

Ageing: Gamay Beaujolais is consumed very young. It is known as a “nouveau” wine and is released annually on the 3rd Thursday of November by French and California winemakers.

Serving temperature: Serve slightly chilled, 55º F.

Food Pairings: Hearty dishes, rich sauces, and honey baked ham.

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