Drinking and Pairing Gamay with Food

Gamay is the grape used exclusively for the production of Beaujolais, a wine region located in southern Burgundy in France. Gamay is known for its light- to medium-bodied, highly perfumed, and floral red wines. Gamay is often a simple and fruity red wine, and when labeled as "Beaujolais" or "Beaujolais-Villages," is intended for everyday quaffing. More "serious" versions of Beaujolais can be found in its ten Crus, such as Morgon or Moulin-à-Vent. These are villages that have acquired an elevated reputation for their special terroirs, and can be sturdier and fuller-bodied versions of Beaujolais. Occasionally varietally labeled Gamay can be found in the New World.

All Gamay will display low tannins and high acid, making it an ideal red wine partner with fish such as grilled salmon, and can be an excellent contrast to foods that are oily, fatty, or high in salt, such as saucisson sec.

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Gamay pairs well with:

Dark Fish


French cuisine

Foods cooked via Broil

Served Cold dishes

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