The grape of Beaujolais, also prevalent in the Loire Valley, gamay is an old French variety that produces generously and ripens early. It yields wines that are often acidic but almost always intensely fruity. It has been called a "frivolous" grape, but in the case of some grand cru beaujolais, can attain real distinction. It is an important grape in the Niagara Peninsula, and is grown with some success in Oregon. There is some gamay in California, but the grape formerly called gamay beaujolais there has been identified as a clone of pinot noir, and so-called "Napa gamay" is in fact a minor grape from the Languedoc-Roussillon called valdiguié.

Serve With

Charcuterie, pizza, Chinese food, light meats such as veal or chicken.