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Gamay noir is becoming a darling in the Oregon wine industry– fruity, food friendly and something similar, yet not Pinot noir. Chehalem founder Harry Peterson-Nedry decided to gamble on the Gamay noir varietal back in the 1980’s, planting just 1 ½ acres. At the time it was only the second planting in the entire Willamette Valley. Fast forward to today, and while there’s more Gamay in the valley than ever before, it’s still such a small quantity that the Oregon Wine Board doesn’t count total acreage as a separate varietal, but rather has it lumped together with other small plantings in the “other” category.
We found this Gamay noir filled with bright, tart notes of red cranberries and rhubarb along with white pepper and a gritty, tannic texture that developed into a long finish. These vines are long established and you can really taste their age in the finished wine. With high acidity, the wine is great for pairing with many types of food so we encourage you to explore and take a risk, much like Harry did when he planted these grapes. But if you really want ideas, the Winerabblers suggest any dish you might pop open a bottle of Pinot noir for as well as BBQed or smoked meats, grilled eggplant or locally made goat cheese.
In case you haven’t heard, Chehalem is celebrating Oregon Wine Month by giving away $40,000 in wine! That’s right, local non-profits have the opportunity to apply for free wine for their events. Click here to read more.