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Friday Tasting: Gamay

  • Mom & Pop Wine Shop 6908 Northeast Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR, 97213 United States (map)

Suddenly, the mornings are cool and crisp, with a bit of dew catching the sunlight. But the days are still sunny and warm. This is classic weather for Gamay, the once widely planted grape of Burgundy, now mainly grown in its beautiful mountainous southerly region, Beaujolais. While acclaim for Burgundy & its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay has created unimaginable demand and prices, Beaujolais has remained relatively affordable. It's not because the wines lack for quality, charm and ageability, though, as you will see at our tasting. In fact, some wines veer toward Pinot Noir flavors as they age. This week we will taste wines from 3 of the 10 "Crus," superior zones for Gamay as well as one from a neighboring region, Cotes du Forez, where there is volcanic/basalt soil instead of the granite for which Beaujolais is known. You will be astounded at how different each wine is despite the fact that they are all from the same grape! As usual, $5 four wines and snacks.