Gamay Focus, 3 - Orofino 2013, Similkameen Valley, BC, Canada

For number 3 in this Gamay focus, we are heading to the Similkameen Valley in Canada’s British Columbia. It was served at a small dinner I attended last night in Niagara Falls, and of the several bottles served this was the first to be drained.

Canada does well with Gamay, but most of it is in [...]

Gamay Focus, 2 - Metrat La Scandaleuse 2013

I’m going to begin focusing on Gamay a bit over the next few months, because it’s an underdog grape that really intrigues me.

So, here we go, with the first wine in this focus. [Actually, I may have to go back to the RPM Gamay I reviewed a few days ago and make that the first [...]

Gamay focus 1, RPM, a serious Gamay from California

Gamay is happening. Officially. Here’s a really interesting one from California. RPM is a collaboration between Nathan Roberts and Duncan Arnot Meyers of Arnot-Roberts, and Raj Parr of Sandhi Wines/Domaine de la Cote. The concept is to make Gamay from granitic soils in the sierra foothils. Two vineyards are involved, both in El Dorado County. There’s [...]

A couple of Beaujolais Villages that I liked

Gamay is a grape that intrigues me. And I reckon that Beaujolais is getting better. It’s high time I did a proper visit to the region. Here are a couple of nice, inexpensive Beaujolais Villages that I tried.

Louis Jadot Combes aux Jacques 2013 Beaujolais Villages, France
12.5% alcohol. Vibrant, fresh raspberry and cherry fruit. Expressive with [...]

Les Terres d'Ocre Saint-Pourcain, a delicious Gamay Pinot blend

Located in the Auvergne, Saint-Pourçain actually has more in common with the Maconnais than the Loire, with Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir the main varieties. (You can read more about this small but interesting appellation on Richard Kelley’s site.) This is an inexpensive but delicious wine that’s a 60/40 blend of Gamay and Pinot. Worth [...]

Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorées Côte de Brouilly 2013 Beaujolais, France

Gamay. A variety that I’m growing to love. I remember Kermit Lynch memorably describing Beaujolais as ‘the one night stand of wines.’ His point: not every wine has to be serious. Not every wine drinking experience needs to be a great one. I’m sure there are points chasers out there who set themselves a threshold [...]

Video: Arnaud Aucoeur Beaujolais Villages Vieilles Vignes 2012

Just loved this Beaujolais Villages. Here’s my tasting note, and a video of me tasting it. Cracking value.

Arnaud Aucoeur Beaujolais Villages Selection de Vieilles Vignes 2012 Beaujolais, France
12.5% alcohol. From 60 year old vines, this has a wonderfully complex, taut nose of minerals, cherries and plums with a hint of pepper. The supple palate has [...]

In Canada, Monday evening with some diverse wines

After a full day of tasting, and the fabulous helicopter ride, it was time for beer. So Bill Zacharkiw and John Szabo, my partners in crime (PICs), ended up in an English-style pub in Niagara-on-the-Lake, along with Magdalena Kaiser-Smit of Wine Country Ontario. It’s called The Olde Angel Inn, and as well as English beers [...]

A brilliant cheap Gamay from the Ardèche

This is fabulous, and it’s cheap. It’s a £5.49 wine that has more than a hint of seriousness, as well as a lot of fun.

Marks & Spencer Vin de Pays de l’Ardèche Gamay 2013 France
12% alcohol. Made by Cave Saint Desirat, this Gamay has lovely aromas of cherries, herbs and flowers. The palate is juicy [...]

Syrah from Canada! And Gamay, and Cabernet Franc

I’m steadily writing up my producer visits from my recent trip to Ontario wine country. The latest report is from the visit to Tawse, where my highest-scoring wine was actually a small-production Syrah.

I love cool climate Syrah, and Niagara can do it pretty well if this bottle is anything to go by. Of course, you’d [...]