November Grape of the Month – Gamay

 

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November will be dedicated to the Gamay grape.  Gamay is a thin skinned, purplish-red grape that produces a light to medium body wine with low tannin and high acidity.  The wine often has strong fruit (raspberry, cherry, currants) flavors/aromas, as well as some earthy and floral notes.  The Gamay grape comes from the Beaujolais region in France, where the vineyards are divided into three categories: Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages, and Cru Beaujolais, with Cru being the most prestigious.  However, the most widely known Gamay wine might be the Beaujolais Nouveau.  The Nouveau is released every year on the third Thursday of November, after only a few weeks of fermentation.  As such, the Nouveau is a very young and light wine and is mainly about celebrating the harvest.  I hope to try a couple Nouveaus at the end of the month, and  you can read my review of the 2015 Nouveau here.

 

 

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