Local winemakers are big fans Gamay, but it’s a ‘hard sell’ because the public don’t quite know what to make of it. To which I respond with a suggestion to ‘repackage’ Gamay – put in a clear glass bottle, and use playful labels to let people know it’s a lighter red wine. There is a trend towards lighter, and it would be a shame if local Gamay did not get on board. And Gamay is a shade less expensive than other local reds.
Charmes has been crafting fantastic Gamay for ages, and this is one up to par. Light, refreshing, with the gutsy/tangy, Italianesque feeling that comes out in many Ontario Gamays. Inviting more gulps. Great for delivering hits of pleasure as you prep, or just think about dinner. There is no better partner for a roasted chicken.
Besides feeling light, tart and Italiano, Eastdell delivers a bonus south of France white pepper note. The earthy feeling adds realness. Fab palate teaser, or partner for everyday foods.
Cave’s wine is the fruitiest and therefore most crowd-pleasing. There is even a slight sweetness, so forget Italy here (excuse me Pennachettis) and think slightly spicy. And happy times at summer parties.
Drop-dead-delicious is how I’d describe Angels Gate Gamay. Very playful – think old Pop tunes, and certainly in the Beaujolais camp. Perfect party wine, or partner for white meats. I’ll be pouring lots of this come Spring and Summer.
P.S. All these wines need a light chilling.
CHATEAU DES CHARMES 15 Gamay, VQA Niagara on the Lake 57349 $15.95
EASTDELL 16 Gamay, VQA Niagara 214890 $14.95
CAVE SPRING 15 Gamay, VQA Niagara 228569 $14.95
ANGELS GATE 15 Gamay, VQA Niagara 107714 $13.95