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by Fred McMillin
Hooray for Gamay
...White Zinfandel Fan
The Gamay is your transition grape. It makes France's Beaujolais, the most beginner-friendly red in the wine world. But it grew up in the shadow of the noble Pinot Noir, which caused a problem.
The Last Laugh
Hugh Johnson tells us the grape appeared suddenly around the Burgundian village of Gamay in the 1360s. It probably was a mutant of Pinot Noir. It produced much higher yields of wine that "when new flatter strangers with its sweetness." The Dukes of Burgundy banished the Gamay, so it fled south and found a new life. In fact, today it "flatters so many strangers" that it makes more wine than its old rival, Pinot Noir.
Wine of the Day
1998 Beaujolais Villages (vee-lahz) by
Postscript—In the Food Mood
Author Jack Mingo offers this advice. "Gamay is a good 'compromise' wine if everyone at the table has ordered something different and you're too cheap to order two or three different wines."
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This page created May 2000