Why: “This is a bright, cheerful red made from a Chilean grape variety called Pais. I love easy, gulp-able reds with low tannins and it’s nice to find good alternatives to all the Beaujolais and Loire Valley wines that I drink. And the liter-sized bottle is an added bonus!”
When: “Keep it casual and don’t overthink it. Drink it with tacos.”
Gastronomist & Naturalist: A Tale of Two Gamays
Beaujolais vs. Napa Gamay just in time for Thanksgiving!
Gamay. What a grape! Certainly one of our favorites around here. It, specifically Beaujolais Nouveau, has practically become synonymous with Thanksgiving at this point. Inspired by the upcoming festivities we decided on two very different expressions of the grape – one serious and one playful, neither Beaujolais Nouveau. The latter, Valdiguie, was for years thought to be “Napa Gamay” in California. After genetic testing, it turns out it is Valdiguie, a southern French grape. But, its similarity to Gamay is striking. We thought it would be fun to include it in contrast with a cru Beaujolais (Morgon) that showcases Gamay’s darker side. Both wines defy what you might think of California wine (oaky and jammy) and French Beaujolais (fruity and quaffable) while still resembling one another.
2013 Folk Machine Valdiguie – Another great vintage from this quirky little wine by our boy Kenny Likitprakong. Light and bright, tangy and delicious. Give it a little chill before opening and you will be rewarded.
2013 Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes – A wine from famed Beaujolais producer George Descombes’ son Kevin (yes we are just as puzzled by this very American name as you are). This is an old vine Morgon with structure and tannin. One to decant.