no.3 “the one from Beaujolais”

Gamay Wine


Use this glass: Gamay wine is the light-bodied cousin of Pinot Noir. As such, using a Pinot Noir glass is perfectly acceptable. For reference, a Pinot Noir glass is not as tall as a typical red wine glass. The glass should also have a wider bowl than a red wine glass, and the rim is sometimes tapered outwards.

Pairs well with: Gamay is a classically French wine – think the stereotypical picnic, wine, and a baguette. So naturally, the best wine pairings are those that are also classically French. Charcuterie boards, soft cheeses, salads, fish, and roasted poultry. For a safe bet, Gamay wine can be paired with most foods with which you would pair Pinot Noir.


Gamay (also known as Gamay Noir or Beaujolais) is a red wine that is most closely related to Pinot Noir. This wine typically has aromas ranging from floral to fruity. According to Wine Folly, it’s not uncommon to smell violets, peonies, and iris, as well as cherry, raspberry, and plum. As for flavors, you can expect to taste berry flavors and currant. Yum!


Despite how beautifully fragrant this wine is, this wine isn’t as widely known (in the United States, at least) as wines like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, why is that? I think it’s safe to assume that it has all to do with where Gamay grapes are grown. Most Gamay is grown and produced internationally, with France and Canada claiming the majority of production. In the United States, true Gamay is left to small wineries with limited quantities. The largest of these wineries is located in Oregon.


Despite its apparent lack of popularity stateside, a quality Gamay is relatively inexpensive in the United States. And yet, we are still left with a problem. Because Gamay isn’t a popular wine in the US (yet!), there aren’t any boxed Gamay wines readily available. 😢😢 Yet never fear fellow boxed wine lovers! I am confident that it’s only a matter of time before we’re all sitting on a grassy knoll, eating Brie and cured meats, and sipping a fine boxed Gamay (from our Wine Nooks, of course ;).


This blog came just in time for Thanksgiving! Because Gamay pairs well with roasted poultry, it’s fair to assume you have just found the perfect wine for Thanksgiving dinner, you’re welcome!


Recipe: On account of the love between Gamay and Thanksgiving, today we’re sharing a recipe with you that will go well with both! Every turkey has to have stuffing, and this recipe from Epicurious.com is simple and delicious. This stuffing has all sorts of “homey” ingredients that get you in the holiday mood. Another great thing about this recipe? You can make it a day ahead to save time on the big day. Again, you’re welcome 😉


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